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Drug Abuse Prevention, Access to Treatment, Recovery Supports 


East Dayton remains the center of opioid drug activity and overdose deaths in  Montgomery County.  East End has been on the front lines of the Opioid Epidemic since 2014 to save lives, working with many partners to create innovative ways to connect persons struggling with addiction into treatment and long-term recovery. Our accomplishments include:

  • Becoming State Certified to deliver Prevention Education for drug abuse and mental illness.  Prevention Programs are being conducted in all youth programs at East End now.

  • Initiating Get Recovery Options Working (GROW) and partnering with the Dayton Police Department to conduct outreach to persons who survived an opioid overdose to get them into drug treatment.

  • Managing 22 Conversation for Change events (May 2014-May 2018) that reached 705 people and trained 618 people to use naloxone. (The Program was delayed for 22 months during Covid but is reinstated every other month for 2022.) 

  • Establishing a Peer Support Program for women in recovery following treatment and/or incarceration, which produced significant results in women remaining sober and getting back up on their feet.

  • Partnering with Public Health Dayton Montgomery County and the County Courts to link our peer supporters with adults working to get their children back.

  • Building a vibrant Camp Mariposa program for children and teens whose families struggle with addiction

  • Initiating a special program called Creating Lasting Family Connections - for families struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Conversation For Change 

Conversation for Change (C4C) meetings are community events that were born out of the East End's  partnership with the Dayton Police Department, the Dayton Mediation Center, and Wright State University to bring information about addiction treatment and other resources to the drug using community. The meetings are now Peer led.  Treatment providers from the community are available to meet with attendees to discuss treatment options.  In 2022 the meetings will be conducted at Target Ministries, 111 Xenia Avenue at Keowee Street, between 5-7 PM.  Schedule:  February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, and October 27.


Get Recovery Option Working (GROW) is a coordinated, multi-disciplinary mobile crisis response team that includes Dayton Police, EMTs from the Dayton Fire Department, and a certified peer supporter (CPS). GROW works diligently to respond to opioid overdose calls across the City of Dayton and connects overdose survivors and their family members and friends to treatment, recovery support services, overdose prevention education, and community outreach.

Peers For Change

Peer support services are delivered by people who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People who have experienced mental health and substance use disorder are better able to help one another because of their shared experiences. Peers offer support, strength, and hope to the people they serve. This can lead to personal growth, healthier lifestyles, hope, and recovery.

Camp Mariposa

This  national program, sponsored by the Eluna Foundation, seeks to build resilience among children and teens who have struggled with a family member's drug addiction and/or death due to opioids.  Ordinarily kids go to a weekend camp in the woods where they can just be children while realizing they are not alone and learning skills to avoid drugs in the future. Covid has changed the format to day camps only, with weekly zoom calls.   Children of addiction are significantly more at risk of being addicted to drugs in their teens than other children.  Our goal with Camp Mariposa is to break the cycle of generational addiction.


For More Information about any of these programs:

Contact Karen Via at or 937.259.1898

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