Community Action Commission of Fayette County Receives $75,000 Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic in Fayette County.

 Washington Court House, Ohio— Today, Fayette County Community Action, on the behalf of the Fayette County Prevention Coalition, is pleased to announce that it has received $75,000 from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Community-Level Response grant program. This grant will be used to fight the opioid epidemic in Fayette County.

“The Community-Level Response grant will support our efforts to reduce the availability and misuse of prescription opiates through education, multi-sector collaboration, expanding drug take back efforts, and addressing the root causes of the availability issue,” said Tiffany Garrison, Prevention Coordinator.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio was number three in the nation in 2016 for overdose deaths.  There is a link between heroin use and prescription drug misuse.  Citing the research, Tiffany added a call to action.  “Given that Fayette County prescribes more doses per capita that the state average, it is integral that we work together to turn back the tide and reduce the non-medical use of opiates.”

Community Action Commission of Fayette County (Fayette County Prevention Coalition) was one of eight organizations in communities across Ohio selected to receive the Community-Level Response grant. As part of Cardinal Health’s Opioid Action Program, the community-level response grants are designed to support multi-sector collaborative work across the community to reduce opioid addiction, overdoses and opioid-related deaths. Key leaders from these Ohio communities will meet regularly to share their progress and the lessons they have learned in fighting the opioid epidemic. This learning collaborative will be guided by LEAD, a nonprofit organization focused on prevention and community collaboration work.

“All of the organizations selected for funding share our goal of turning the tide on the opioid epidemic,” said Jessie Cannon, Vice President of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. “Ultimately, we expect our grantees to learn from each other—and we will learn from them. As they develop best practices, our goal is to spread this work throughout the country, and foster solutions to this complex public health crisis.”

To learn more about Fayette County Prevention Coalition ongoing efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, please visit our website at https://www.cacfayettecounty.org/fcpc.

About Fayette County Prevention Coalition

The Fayette County Prevention Coalition will create a unified community response to prevent youth substance abuse and support the development of effective community programs to promote a safer, healthier, and drug free Fayette County.  Our Vision is: Fayette County youth will live healthy, positive, substance free lives.

 About Cardinal Health’s Opioid Action Program
The Opioid Action Program is a multi-prong initiative to help communities in four of the nation’s hardest-hit states fight the opioid epidemic. Each element of the program is cited by leading experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, as critical to reducing opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction. The Opioid Action Program builds on Generation Rx, created through a partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health, Inc.’s (NYSE:CAH) approximately 50,000 employees live and work. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage community service among its employees and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster; because Cardinal Health, Inc. is #AllInForGood. To learn more, visit www.CardinalHealth.com/community.

About Generation Rx
Generation Rx works to end prescription drug misuse through prevention education, drug take back, best practices in pain management and community collaborations. The program was created through a partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Since 2009, more than one million people across the country have been reached with Generation Rx messages, and pharmacists in 40 states have been honored with the Generation Rx Champions Award. To learn more, visit www.GenerationRx.org.

About Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health, Inc. is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide. The company provides clinically proven medical products, pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. To help combat prescription drug abuse, the company and its education partners created Generation Rx, a national drug education and awareness program. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with approximately 50,000 employees in nearly 60 countries, Cardinal Health ranks #14 on the Fortune 500. For more information, visit cardinalhealth.com, follow @CardinalHealth on Twitter, @cardinalhealthwings on Facebook and connect on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/ company/cardinal-health.

To volunteer or participate, contact Tiffany at 740-335-7282.