Learn about how the opioid crisis affects your community from various perspectives including law enforcement, emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery. In addition, get up-to-date information about trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects.
- Angela Ohene, lead nurse for the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team
- Brian Miller, Fire Chief with Westerville Fire Division
- Sergeant Brian Toth from Franklin County Sherriff's Office Operation Street SmartAbout the Crisis
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse
, "Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids_including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl_is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement."About Brian Miller
Brian Miller has served the Westerville division of Fire for the past 18 years serving the last 7 years in the roles of Chief Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations and Currently Fire Chief. Chief Miller is a graduate of Otterbein University with a degree in Business Organizational Communications and is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program.
Chief Miller has participated in many fire and rescue organizations including Ohio Task Force One and to St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. As a member of the Westerville Division of Fire, Chief Miller has a strong background in Fire Administration, Disaster management and Emergency Medical Response. About Angela Ohene
Angela Ohene RN, BSN is the Lead Nurse for the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT) at Southeast Healthcare Services. RREACT is responsible for responding to all opiate overdoses in emergency departments in . The primary goal of RREACT is to engage with patients and get them to treatment as quick as possible. RREACT staff is trained and devoted to getting patients into detox treatment within an appropriate time, usually same day or connect patients with an outpatient treatment as necessary. RREACT work closely with the Franklin County Sheriff, Columbus Division of Fire, local hospitals, treatment providers and the community. With the help and collaboration of RREACT partners the efforts are to reduce opiate overdoses, save lives and better the lives of each individual requesting RREACT services one patient at a time. About Sergeant Brian Toth
Sergeant Toth has been a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for over 17 years. He has been assigned to many different divisions with the Sheriff's Office including the Jail Division, Patrol Division, Community Relations Bureau, and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) conducting vice and narcotics investigations. Sergeant Toth has also supervised in the Patrol Division and the Special Investigations Unit. Sergeant Toth is a member of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Officer Support Team and assists in peer support in Critical Incidents.
Sergeant Toth is a member of the Narcotic's Association Regional Coordinating Officers (NARCO). Sergeant Toth served as the HIDTA Commander (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and assigned to the Attorney Generals Organized Crime Commission from 2016 to 2018. Sergeant Toth currently oversees the Franklin County Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (HOPE) Task Force.Related Event
Learn more on this topic with the event, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Film Screening