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The Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction

Each day the heroin and opioid crisis continues to decimate communities across the United States, including those in Northeast Ohio. As the crisis reaches an all-time high, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and mental health providers have continued to grapple with ways to effectively address the crisis. With existing resources and programs failing to keep pace with the mounting number of fatal overdoses in the community, it became clear that the healthcare community needed to come together and more aggressively respond to this public health crisis. That’s why The Center for Health Affairs, in coordination with its Northeast Ohio hospital members, formed the Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction.

History

The establishment of the Consortium, which is a partnership between The Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals, is the result of years of work by community leaders and hospitals to reduce the widespread effect of the heroin and opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio. Thanks to efforts led by the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, hospital CEOs from the region agreed in late 2016 to fund a full-time position to lead a hospital-specific response to the crisis. This decision was born out of years of discussions that lead to the production of the Heroin and Opioid Action Plan.

Moving Forward

Components of the Action Plan have been incorporated into the mission and vision of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction, and include reforms to prescription guidelines, use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and expanded distribution and use of Naloxone, among many other advances. The Consortium’s executive director receives input directly from hospitals, but also from governmental health agencies and community-based providers, which help illuminate the problem and identify solutions in real time. The ultimate goal of the Consortium and its members is to reduce the number of overdoses and deaths as a result of heroin and opioid use and misuse. 

More Information

For more information on the Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction and its work to address the heroin and opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio, please contact us.