Goal Four

REDUCE EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS DUE TO DRUG OVERDOSES TO 1,000.

Few crises have taken hold of our community as suddenly or as devastatingly as the opioid epidemic. Once-shocking stories of families torn apart and lives cut short by addiction are now all too common – on the front page of the local newspaper, the evening news, even our Facebook feeds.

In 2016, more than 2,400 people in Summit County visited an emergency room due to drug overdose.

The opioid epidemic matters because it destroys lives and weakens communities. Its effects extend far beyond the homes of the families it devastates. County health and public safety resources are increasingly spread thin as hospitals and police departments struggle to keep up with the influx of overdose victims.

Strategies to Achieve Bold Goal 4

Future strategies will likely include:

Prevention, awareness and education, access to treatment and recovery services and quick response teams

(Final strategy maps are expected to be announced in June 2017)

How can YOU support Bold Goal 4?

  • You – along with others in your company – can participate in one of the many volunteer events provided through United Way’s year-long Engagement Calendar.

Our volunteer engagement events provide hands-on experiences through meaningful projects that support United Way’s Bold Goals.


Learn more about and take action on community issues that are essential to the success of the Bold Goals.


  • You can donate to specifically support Bold Goal 4 or all of United Way’s Bold Goals.