Community Overdose Action Team

Working Together to Combat Overdoses and Drug Abuse


Narcan is a life-saving medication. When given in time, it can quickly restore normal breathing in a person whose breathing has slowed, or even stopped, as a result of opioid overdose.

Every Day is
Take Back Day

Dispose of unneeded medication

Clean them out. Take them back. All year long.

Overdose Data

The Community Overdose Action Team seeks to stabilize the number of people dying from drug overdoses and reduce the number of fatal overdoses.

The NaloxBox

The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is introducing a new program that allows Montgomery County businesses to request a free life-saving NaloxBox to be placed at an office or business location

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The Community Overdose Action Team

The work of the Community Overdose Action Team seeks to reduce the number of people dying from drug overdoses and drug abuse.

The Community Overdose Action Team was established in the fall of 2016 to address the opioid/heroin epidemic in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Administration are the lead agencies in the effort to combat the epidemic.

The collective accomplishments of the COAT have not gone unnoticed by state and national partners. The COAT has received the following awards for its collaborative efforts:

  • 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties
  • 2018 Organization Award for Champions of Public Health Awards presented by The Ohio State University College of Public Health
  • 2019 NACCHO Model Practice Award
  • 2019 Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership Promising Practice Award
Community Overdose Action Team

Get Involved

Host an educational meeting with your organization or group.
For details, call (937) 225-6026 or email dschwartz@phdmc.org.

Get naloxone/Narcan training through Project DAWN, a community-based program. Naloxone can reverse overdose effects. Classes are held virtually, and naloxone will be sent via mail. Call (937) 941-9277.

Access the LocalHelpNow web app for free at localhelpnowmc.com to locate addiction, mental health services, and more.

For 24-hour crisis services and screenings, contact Crisis Call Center at 833-580-2255.

Join the Community Overdose Action Team!

"Stories of Hope"
Gary Gonnella

Gary has a message: RECOVERY MATTERS, RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE, and RECOVERY WORKS. As a person in long-term recovery himself, Gary is helping to bridge the gap between communities, meeting people where they're at & expanding access to recovery supports.

William Roberts

William Roberts was homeless, incarcerated, and addicted. Today, he's celebrating over 27 years in long-term recovery, holds two master's degrees, and is showing us all the power of community, love, and connection.

Videos were made by Indigo Life as apart of their Voices Project. A collection of stories from people in recovery, family members and community members rising up to tell their story. These stories are being told to break down cultural barriers of shame, silence and stigma so that we can start having honest discussions about addiction and recovery in this country.

"Upcoming Events"

Our calendar of events includes Community Overdose Action Team recurring meetings, community events, and more. For additional information, click on the event in the calendar

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