Opioid addiction is the health epidemic of our generation, and it claimed more than 115 lives from unintended overdoses each day in 2017. Driven by a desire to reduce opioid-related deaths, Verily (an Alphabet company) started to explore the gaps between today’s treatment models and better outcomes. The Verily team began discussions with Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) to conceive of an optimal environment that could address the many unmet needs of people in recovery.
Meanwhile, in Montgomery County, Ohio, healthcare providers and public services were at the front lines of what many have termed “ground zero” for the opioid epidemic, and began taking action through public alliances to stem the tide of overdose in their communities. In Dayton, the knowledge, need, and drive of the public and private sectors to solve this crisis were a natural fit with an innovative vision.
Two health networks, Kettering Health Network and Premier Health, joined Verily to create OneFifteen, a not-for-profit ecosystem in Dayton, to provide clinical care and rehabilitation, and wraparound services such as vocational training to people in recovery. Together, Kettering Health and Premier have more than 180 years of experience serving the Miami Valley and local communities. Now, with Verily, ARE, Kettering Health, and Premier, the OneFifteen team is working with local experts and community leaders to create a long-term solution that arms families and their loved ones suffering with addiction with the tools and the hope that recovery is possible.