Ohio groups team up to attack drug, opioid abuse


Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio will support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts

Staff report



COLUMBUS — An alliance of local, state, and national organizations have launched the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio. RALI Ohio will address the challenges and needs of the state’s opioid and substance misuse epidemic through a diverse partnership that includes health care, business, veterans, farmers, community, and drug prevention organizations. RALI Ohio will support effective prevention, education, treatment, and recovery programs. By partnering with a broad range of leading groups, RALI Ohio aims to reach people in every part of the state.

“The opioid epidemic is going to take a comprehensive approach that employs multiple strategies to create population-level reductions to this problem,” said General Arthur T. Dean, chairman and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). “CADCA has always focused on primary prevention and we hope our partnership with RALI Ohio will be a model for other organizations and communities of how to not only enhance local prevention efforts, but also increase community awareness about the dangers of substance use and misuse. Together we can build safe and healthy drug-free communities.”

In the months leading up to the launch, RALI Ohio worked closely with its partners to identify gaps in support for vital programs that help those struggling with substance use disorder and those at risk for opioid misuse. Based on these learnings, the partnership began educating communities about proper disposal options for unused medications, providing tools to facilitate in-home disposal, and raising awareness of addiction prevention and education programs led by organizations throughout the state. Moving forward, RALI Ohio will continue to build on this foundation of support in partnership with its member organizations.

“We are energized by the collaborative approach RALI Ohio brings to fighting this epidemic because we know that no one group is going to solve this,” said Cheri Walters, CEO, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. “The resources RALI Ohio has provided have already helped us reach Ohioans in new ways. We’re engaging community members in important discussions, increasing awareness about this crisis, and discussing the role they can play in preventing dependency. We look forward to working with all the RALI Ohio partners to make a real and lasting impact in our communities.”

“As a father who lost his son to an opioid overdose, I am committed to doing whatever I can to prevent other families from enduring that kind of loss,” said Travis Bornstein, Founder, Hope United. “By bringing together leaders who are on the front lines of this crisis and cultivating meaningful partnerships, RALI Ohio will accomplish a great deal for our families and communities who are struggling with addiction.”

To learn more about RALI Ohio, visit www.ralioh.org.

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio is an alliance of local, state and national organizations committed to addressing the epidemic of substance misuse in the state through support for effective education, prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Members include: Addiction Policy Forum; Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); Cover2 Resources; Hope United; National Black Nurses Association; National Grange; National Sheriffs’ Association; Ohio Academy of Family Physicians; Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities; Ohio Children’s Alliance; Ohio Manufacturers’ Association; Ohio National Guard Association; Ohio Pharmacists Association; Ohio State Grange; ‘One is Too Many’ AMVETS, Department of Ohio program; Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA); Prevention Action Alliance; Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio; Summit County Community Partnership; Veterans Against Drugs; Veterans Health Council and Vietnam Veterans of America.

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Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio will support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts

Staff report