The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. 2020 surpassed 2017 as the highest year for unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio, with 5,017 deaths. In 2021 the preliminary data for Ohio (as of April 2022) reported 5,083 overdose deaths, an increase from 2020. Franklin County had 825 people lose their lives to a drug overdose in 2021, with 89% of those reported deaths involving fentanyl, according to a report released in August 2022 by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. The death toll reflects a 4% decrease from the record 859 overdose deaths in 2020, but still represents a 48% increase over the 556 overdose deaths in 2019.
The mission of Fund the Climb Foundation is to break down barriers that stand in the way of patients seeking treatment for the brain disease of addiction. In order to be successful in treatment and reach their goals, patients need a safe, sober place to live, means of transportation to treatment, as well as other basic needs such as nutrition and personal hygiene. Your donation helps patients overcome these barriers so they can focus on their treatment. Funds go directly towards necessities such as sober housing, electric bills, bus passes, personal hygiene care packages, prescription copays, obtaining required documentation such as a birth certificate or driver's license, and other needs.
Please keep the Ohio community in your thoughts as we continue to work to change the world around us by supporting patients on their courageous climb to recovery, and creating healthier, stronger communities.
Feel free to forward this page on to friends and family members of your own so together we can fight to end the drug abuse and drug overdose epidemic, and give patients a fair chance to get the quality treatment they need and be successful. We sincerely thank you for your willingness and desire to help in our fundraising efforts, and we hope you feel just as connected to this cause as we do!