Lorain County Opioid Action Team (LCOAT)
Reduce overdoses and overdose deaths and increase access to treatment and recovery supports in Lorain County.
Lorain County’s Opioid Action Team (LCOAT) commits to work together through a comprehensive, data-driven plan that effectively blends, braids, and if necessary, acquires resources that address the priorities of prevention and reduction of factors contributing to the devastating human, economic and societal impacts of opioid abuse, overdose and death in Lorain County.
To empower every individual and community partner to strengthen our community’s wellness.
The purpose of the LCOAT is to engage collaboration among key stakeholders within the community to take a multidisciplinary approach using data to design intentional evidence-based strategies that address the factors underlying accidental deaths due to drug overdoses in Lorain County.
The LCOAT was formed in response to the 2011 Lorain County Community Health Assessment and the capacity for Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) in Lorain County. The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County currently serves as the coordinating entity (i.e. Backbone) in partnership with Lorain County Public Health to address the reduction of accidental overdose deaths and increasing access to treatment and
recovery supports. As the coordinating entity, LCOAT has developed a structure that connects key stakeholders with private and public entities that focus on five strategies: Reduce the Demand for Opiates, Reduce the Supply of Opiates, Overdose Prevention, Increase Access to Treatment, Increase Access to Recovery Supports; Additionally, LCOAT focuses on a key social determinant of building sustainable economic opportunities for persons in recovery from Opioid Use Disorder.