Create effective and lasting solutions to eliminate overdose by providing awareness, education, outreach, hope and healing through community involvement and collaboration.

Create effective and lasting solutions to eliminate overdose by providing awareness, education, outreach, hope and healing through community involvement and collaboration.


  • Goal 1: Strengthen current SUD/OUD prevention efforts in Franklin County for the community, youth populations, and healthcare professionals by January 2023.
  • Goal 2: Increase availability and access to the whole continuum of SUD/OUD care, from early intervention through sustained recovery, for individuals in Franklin County by January 2023.
  • Goal 3: Increase availability and access to best-practice recovery resources in Franklin County to support long-term recovery by January 2023.
  • Goal 4: Strengthen (as appropriate) harm reduction strategies for SUD/OUD in Franklin County by January 2023.
  • Goal 5: Eliminate stigma and increase community awareness surrounding SUD/OUD in Franklin County by January 2023.
  • Goal 6: Increase capacity of Franklin County Overdose Task Force to impact and support individuals with SUD/OUD in Franklin County by January 2023.




The Franklin County Overdose Task Force formed in 2015 to address the opioid epidemic in our community. The task force, which has over 70 at large members, works to facilitate connections with agencies and communities and to create initiatives to address the crisis. The task force meets monthly and has sub committees that focus on prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, communications and data collection. A variety of new programs, interventions and strategies have been created as a result of the task force, including:

  • Increased access to Naloxone, a non-addictive medication that reverses opioid overdoses
  • Good Wolf Treatment Court to address the overcrowded jail population and those struggling with addiction
  • Grand Jury that investigates drug delivery resulting in death cases after fatal overdoses
  • Mobile-Vivitrol Services partnership with Positive Recovery Solutions
  • Operation-Save-A-Life training to aid in preventing, recognizing and responding to opioid overdoses
  • Get Back Up diversion program links those struggling with addiction to appropriate care if they ask the DA or police for help

The Task Force works closely with the Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program (FFDA), often referred to as the SCA or "Single County Authority", which has contracted with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to oversee and/or carry out the administration, implementation, and completion of drug and alcohol services within Franklin and Fulton Counties. Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program has three subdivisions: prevention/intervention, case management, and recovery support



Addiction is a disease. It’s very difficult to overcome and treat a disease, because diseases affect each person differently. But there is hope. There are many organizations and resources available in our community and we want you to know about them. We’re here to help.

Accessing Treatment

Treatment services and financial resources can be explored and obtained by contacting Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Program.

Crisis Intervention & Injection Drug Users (IDU) Outreach

Keystone Health’s Crisis Intervention Program provides mental health and co-occurring services throughout the Franklin and Fulton County areas. These services are provided by Hotline and/or face-to-face contact in the Crisis office or the local hospital emergency departments. Keystone Health Center also provides IDU outreach programming that provides education about the spread of infections/diseases that are specific to injection drug use.

PA Get Help Now - The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol can help you find a treatment provider or funding for addiction treatment.

The National Helpline

  • Call 1-800-662-4357 — This free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) is for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.


Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support recovery:

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery. The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery. (from SAMSHA)

Recovery Resources & Local Recovery Supports

There are many supports in Franklin County for people struggling with addiction and recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Support Group)

Narcotics Anonymous (Support Group)

Al-Anon & Alateen (Support Group)

Lighthouse Recovery

House of Hope (Addiction Recovery Home for Women)

Noah’s House & Gracie’s Place PARR Certified Recovery House

Gracie’s Place Recovery Home

SMART Recovery

WellSpan Health WARM LINE

Grief Support

Drew Michael Taylor Foundation

Grief After a Substance Passing (GRASP)


Prevention Works

Prevention activities work to educate and support individuals and communities to prevent the use and misuse of drugs and the development of substance use disorders. Substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family, and fulfill other major life functions. Mental and substance use disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability in the United States. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders and related problems is critical to behavioral and physical health. (SAMHSA, 2021)

Prevention Services

Franklin County Drug and Alcohol provides a variety of prevention services including:

  • Evidence-based programs
  • Education Information
  • Drug & Alcohol Presentations
  • Trainings
  • Pennsylvania Area Youth Survey (PAYS)

If you or your organization would like to learn more about evidence-based programs and education resources focused on drug and alcohol prevention, contact:

Healthy Communities Partnership

Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Program

Intervention Services Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Franklin County youth in need of help are referred to their school's SAP team in order to receive services. Healthy Community Partnerships administers the program: Call 717-264-1470 or visit

What Can You Do?

  • Parents, talk to your children about alcohol and drugs. Become informed about substances your children may encounter and the risks they face. Talking openly to your children is crucial.
  • Support evidence-based prevention interventions. Effective community-based prevention programs can reduce substance misuse. Research shows that for each dollar invested in evidence-based prevention programs, up to $10 is saved in treatment costs.

For more information, visit:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA for Teens

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pennsylvania Youth Surveys (PAYS)



Pitt PERU 2021 Overdose and Associated Data Presentation (data through Q4 2020)

Franklin County Lives Lost

  • 2020 Overdoses: 29
  • 2019 Overdoses: 26
  • 2018 Overdoses: 32
  • 2017 Overdoses: 36
  • 2016 Overdoses: 46
  • 2015 Overdoses: 24
  • 2017 Rank (among 67 counties): 44
  • 2017 Overdose Rate (deaths per 100,000 people): 23
  • Total Population: 154,234

Franklin County Overdose 2020 Annual Task Force Annual Update

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