Innovative, Evidenced-Based Approaches that Build on Current Programs to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

February 15, 2018
County Council District 2 Candidate Kate Wiltz Recommends Innovative, Evidenced-Based Approaches that Build on Current Programs to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Kate Wiltz, candidate for Monroe County Council District 2 and member of 2018 Opioid Summit Steering Committee, has developed a framework for County Government to continue to address the Opioid Epidemic.

“As the fiscal body of the county, the County Council must prioritize public health and public safety, including an intense focus on preventing overdose deaths, reducing the spread of preventable disease, working with our partners in the county to solve our criminal justice needs and building on evidenced based projects that the county has already implemented.” Wiltz adds, “Our community’s health and wellness begins with providing a strong foundation that protects our most vulnerable citizens. Addressing this issue must be a top priority. Our country is losing people every day to this epidemic—officials at all levels of government must take bold steps to help people thrive.”

Wiltz observed that Monroe County government made great strides in 2017 to address the opioid issue by holding a regional summit, partnering with the city on a treatment navigator program, and renewing the syringe exchange program, among many other initiatives. Wiltz would continue to build on this while focusing on innovation, evidenced-based practices, and collaboration.

Wiltz intends to:
Explore evidenced-based initiatives like combining services of fire, police and social service providers in 911 calls of overdoses so citizens can immediately be linked to help.
Prioritize preventative, fiscally responsible measures to reduce the harm that the opioid epidemic causes family members, individuals, systems and children.
Collaborate with city and county stakeholders to develop proactive solutions to the opioid epidemic, building on Harm Reduction and Public Health principles.

Wiltz believes that “addiction and its impact on public health does not discriminate, and public officials must lead by example with compassionate, fiscally responsible, evidenced-based solutions.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Wiltz at 812-679-8718 or email at