Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid addiction is killing our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones.

The opioid crisis continues to tear apart homes and communities. It’s a complicated problem, but working together can bring us closer to a solution. Ohio State is united in our efforts to end this epidemic, and we need your help.


Our nation’s opioid epidemic has grown in publicity but not lessened in seriousness. Statistics continue to add up in staggering fashion. The federal government says about 2 million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, including prescription opioids, illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin and similar substances. On average, an opioid overdose kills 130 people in our country every day. Nearly 400,000 Americans have died from an opioid overdose in the past two decades, including 4,293 such deaths in Ohio in 2017. That’s the human toll of a crisis that doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, race or economic status.


Dylan Stanley’s stable teenage life shattered in a 2005 car accident that hospitalized her for three months with a fractured neck, back, collarbone and face. In constant pain, she received OxyContin prescriptions over five years. Stanley switched to illicit opioids in 2010 and descended into a heroin addiction that left her a homeless prostitute.


Stanley, now 29, quit heroin in late 2017 upon learning she was pregnant. Now she’s clean, a methadone clinic patient, shares a Columbus apartment with her fiancé and their daughter, Ruby, and helps others battle opioids as director of community outreach for Harm Reduction Ohio.


“There isn’t a standard cut-and-paste junkie,” Stanley says. “It could be anybody.”


For several years, Ohio State has been combating the opioid epidemic by supporting research, funding new ideas and deploying formidable resources for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. 


Your gift to the Opioid Innovation Fund helps us continue our work to alleviate our nation’s opioid misuse epidemic — and to address the need for mental health promotion and substance use treatment. 


Fight the Opioid Epidemic


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Early Bird Match
Grab your coffee, it's time to kick off the Day of Giving with the Early Bird Match! A gift to the cause, college, or unit of your choice between 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET will be matched up to a total of $2,000.
$2,000 MATCHED
Lunchtime Challenge
All gifts made in the next hour (noon to 1 p.m. ET) will be doubled up to a total of $2,000! Make your gift now!
$2,000 MATCHED
Happy Hour Challenge
The work day is over, let's have some fun! The cause, college or unit that receives the most gifts today between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET will receive an additional $1,000 towards their cause or effort.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $1,000 Animals 36
2 Community 21
3 Environment 14
4 Food Insecurity 12
5 Ensure Student Success 10
6 Alumni Clubs 10
7 Diversity & Inclusion 10
8 Arts 7
9 Global Initiatives 0
Home Stretch Match
We have 3 hours left until this year's Day of Giving ends. If you still haven't made a gift, now is the time! All gifts made between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET will be matched up to a total of $1,000. Don't wait to make your gift!
$1,000 MATCHED
Top Causes: By Gifts
Which area has the most gifts?
Rank Department Gifts
1 Community 209
2 Ensure Student Success 202
3 Animals 194
4 Environment 125
5 Food Insecurity 119
6 Arts 113
7 Global Initiatives 30
Top Causes: By Dollars
Which area has raised the most money so far?
Rank Department Raised
1 Ensure Student Success $89,503.11
2 Community $17,240.00
3 Animals $10,186.00
4 Arts $7,624.00
5 Environment $7,122.00
6 Food Insecurity $4,996.00
7 Global Initiatives $1,597.50
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