State of the Opioid Crisis: Hamilton County sees drop in overdose deaths during pandemic

(Left) Billy Golden and Rob Goeller, who specialize in harm reduction at Caracole, in Northside, prepare for the organization’s drive up exchange program. Amanda Rossmann, The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann

Hamilton County, once an epicenter of the nationwide opioid epidemic, is likely to end up with a drop in overdose deaths in 2020, a year that saw record-high death tolls from overdoses across the nation during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition started planning early in 2020 how to mitigate the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and forced isolation on progress that had been made in the opioid epidemic. The coalition is a partnership among public and private, health, government, first-responders and faith-based organizations and others.