- Community Advisory -
Drug Overdose Spike in Licking County


The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is issuing a community advisory to notify the public of an increase in recent drug overdoses. LCHD encourages those affected by substance use to follow recommendations listed in the red box below to prevent drug overdoses.

From December 1 through December 2, there has been an increase in suspected
non-fatal overdoses in Licking County.

In 2021, Licking County reported 47 total overdose deaths.

Licking County Health Commissioner Chad Brown says, "Family members, friends, and others who may be in a position to assist someone who is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose may
request free naloxone (Narcan®) by visiting our website here. Naloxone (Narcan®) can begin to reverse an opioid overdose until EMS arrives."

Sign-up for Licking County Overdose Texting Alerts by Texting “LCoverdose” to 898211

If you, a friend, or family member uses drugs, take preventative steps by having naloxone on hand, not using alone, and calling 911 if you suspect an overdose.

LCHD's Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition aims to reduce drug overdose fatalities in Licking County. The coalition serves the residents of Licking County by actively working to raise awareness, encourage community action, and provide education related to the dangers of drug abuse to prevent drug overdoses. The coalition is comprised of community partners such as local law enforcement, medical emergency responders, medical providers, the coroner’s office, and mental health and recovery professionals.

LCHD's Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition and community partners advise residents affected by substance use disorders and their family and friends to follow the recommendations below to reduce harm and death.

  • Have naloxone (Narcan®) on hand. Naloxone (Narcan®) is a drug which reverses the effects of opiates during a drug overdose. Order FREE naloxone (Narcan®) from LCHD online HERE or from one of LCHD's community partners (see list below).

  • Do not use drugs when alone.

  • Be aware of the dangers of mixing drugs.

  • Be aware that stimulants do not prevent an opiate overdose.

Seek treatment. Call Licking County 211 Crisis Hotline & Information Center to be connected to substance use disorder services, treatment facilities, and overdose support in Licking and surrounding counties. Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

If you suspect a drug overdose:

  • Call 9-1-1

  • Administer naloxone (Narcan®) if available.

  • If you do not have naloxone (Narcan®), administer CPR.

  • Stay until help arrives.