The Franklin County Overdose Task Force formed in 2015 to address the opioid epidemic in our community. The task force, which has over 70 at large members, works to facilitate connections with agencies and communities and to create initiatives to address the crisis. The task force meets monthly and has sub committees that focus on prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, communications and data collection.
A variety of new programs, interventions and strategies have been undertaken since the inception of the Overdose Task Force, including:
- Increased access to Naloxone, a non-addictive medication that reverses opioid overdoses
- Good Wolf Treatment Court to address the overcrowded jail population and those struggling with addiction
- Grand Jury that investigates drug delivery resulting in death cases after fatal overdoses
- Mobile-Vivitrol Services partnership with Positive Recovery Solutions
- Operation-Save-A-Life training to aid in preventing, recognizing and responding to opioid overdoses
- Get Back Up diversion program links those struggling with addiction to appropriate care if they ask the DA or police for help
The task force works closely with the Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program (FFDA), often referred to as the SCA or “Single County Authority”, which has contracted with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to oversee and/or carry out the administration, implementation, and completion of drug and alcohol services within Franklin and Fulton Counties. Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program has three subdivisions: prevention/intervention, case management, and recovery support.
The task force is chaired by District Attorney Matt Fogal. For inquiries, call 717-261-3827.
Facts About the Opioid Epidemic*
- Heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2010, as the heroin use has increased during that time frame.
- From 2014-2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6%, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015.
- Among new heroin users, approximately 3 out of 4 report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.
- More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.
- In 2015, more than 3500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to drug overdoses.
- Each day, at least 10 Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose.
- The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.
*National statistics are from www.cdc.gov and state statistics are from www.health.pa.gov
Franklin County Lives Lost
* does not include suicide deaths
Do You Need Help Finding Resources for Yourself or a Loved One?
Addiction is a disease. It’s very difficult to overcome and treat a disease, because diseases affect each person differently. But there is hope. There are many organizations and resources available in our community and we want you to know about them. We’re here to help.
Treatment services and financial resources can be explored and obtained by contacting Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Program.
Call 717-263-1256 (press “0”)
Or visit the departments webpage at franklincountypa.gov
Crisis Intervention & Injection Drug Users (IDU) Outreach
Keystone Health’s Crisis Intervention Program provides mental health and co-occurring services throughout the Franklin and Fulton County areas. These services are provided by Hotline and/or face-to-face contact in the Crisis office or the local hospital emergency departments. Keystone Health Center also provides IDU outreach programming that provides education about the spread of infections/diseases that are specific to injection drug use.
Crisis Hotline 717-264-2555 or visit keystonehealth.org
In An Emergency, Go To:
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If you or your organization would like to learn more about evidence-based programs and education resources focused on drug and alcohol prevention, contact:
- Healthy Communities Partnership
Call 717-264-1470 or visit hcpfranklinpa.org
- Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Program
Call 717-263-1256 (press “0”) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Franklin County youth in need of help are referred to their school’s SAP team in order to receive services. Healthy Community Partnerships administers the program:
Call 717-264-1470 or visit hcpfranklinpa.org
Local Recovery Supports
There are many supports in Franklin County for people struggling with addiction and recovery.
- Alcoholic Anonymous (Support Group)
Call 1-800-296-9289 or visit d35pa-aa.org
- Narcotics Anonymous (Support Group)
Call 1-800-445-3889 or visit na.org/meetingsearch
- Al-Anon & Alateen (Support Group)
Call 1-888-425-2666 or visit pa-al-anon.org
- Saving Franklin/Fulton From Heroin & Prescription Drugs (Support Group)
- SMART Recovery (Support Group)
Call 717-387-3703 or visit smartrecovery.org
- Esther House (Residential Shelter for Women)
- Gracie’s Place Recovery Home
Call 717-372-4497 or visit graciesplaceofpa.org
- Noah’s House PARR Certified Recovery House
Call 814-419-6624 or visit noahshouse.org