Opioids: Prevention and Harm Reduction


The purpose of Clay County Public Health’s Opioid Program is to reduce opioid use and opioid-related overdoses by addressing risk factors and promoting characteristics that build strengths.

Our Vision: 

The Clay County Opioid Program is working towards a community in which:

  • Opioid addiction is recognized as a serious medical condition that requires the same support as those suffering from illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
  • As many individuals as possible are educated on how to respond to opioid overdose and have access to the life-saving medication naloxone.
  • Services and support to treat and reduce the harm associated with opioid use will be readily available through systems that are comprehensive, nonjudgmental, and non-criminalized.
  • Youth and adults have opportunities to develop protective factors to prevent substance use.

Through research, evidence-based risk and protective factors have been identified.  These guide us but don't limit us - many can be changed to positive outcomes.


Sources of Strength Program: 

Sources of Strength is a strength-based, upstream suicide prevention program with shown effectiveness in both preventative upstream and intervention outcomes. While the program is created to address suicide, substance use and suicide share many risk and protective factors. 

Click here to learn more about developing protective factors through Sources of Strength.

Interested in bringing Sources of Strength to your school/community? Contact Karen Nitzkorski at knitzkorski@gmail.com.

Sources of Strength Wheel