Participating Sustainability Partners:



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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Substance Abuse


Current Situation - The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, specifically opiates, is a major community health concern in Allen County. Substance use and abuse can increase the risk for violence, injuries, HIV infection and other diseases. In 2016, Ohio had the second highest rate of death due to drug overdose.  And in Allen County, the rate of unintentional drug overdose deaths increased from 15 per 100,000 in 2015 to 26 per 100,000 in 2016 (2017 Allen County Health Risk and Community Needs Assessment).

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What is being done in our Community?

The Allen County Opiate Action Commission is addressing the opiate crisis through a variety of strategies, including quick response teams, withdrawal management and treatment, programs addressing secondary trauma, prescriber practice, youth and college prevention, and Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone).

Agencies and organizations providing behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment include Coleman Professional Services, Lutheran Social Services, Lima UMADAOP (Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program) and Health Partners of Western Ohio.

Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center Behavioral Health treats adults with addiction disorders.  The programming involves partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, aftercare groups and traditional services. 

Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) provides substance abuse prevention, including Mental Health First Aid.

* Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion or in a short period of time.