Dayton's GROW Program Helps Fight Local Opioid Epidemic

GROW members Officer Olson and EMT Amy Dunkin

The Get Recovery Options Working (GROW) program was formed in 2016 in response to the opioid crisis. The GROW program connects overdose survivors, family members/friends to treatment, recovery support services, overdose prevention education, and community outreach.  The work is led by a team of law enforcement, an EMT and a certified peer support person.  The team relies on communication and personal interactions in order to present recovery options to those struggling with addiction.

Through September 2018, the GROW team has been able to make contact with 557 overdose survivors, family and friends and connect 139 people to treatment.

The GROW partnership includes Dayton Police, Dayton Fire, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,  Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County’s Addiction Services, Community Overdose Action Team (COAT), Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition, West Care Ohio, Inc. DBA East End Community Services, and Dr. Mary Huber with Wright State University.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder in Dayton and you are looking for help, please contact one of these members of the GROW team:

Officer Jason Olson (937) 333-7430  (                       

EMT Amy Dunkin (937) 333-GROW (4769) or (937) 715-0269  (