Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, but many of these deaths can be prevented. Ohio Buckles Buckeyes is a program that provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low-income families throughout Ohio.
To be eligible for the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program, you must:
Meet income eligibility guidelines
Be an Ottawa County Resident
Have, or be the legal guardian of a child between 5 and 65 pounds for a convertible car seat or between 40 pounds (and be too tall for a convertible) and 100 pounds for a booster seat. Or be pregnant.
Attend a class and installation training (30 to 60 minutes long)
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a new car seat please call the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800.
The Ottawa County Health Department is a proud participant in the Narcan education and distribution program known as Integrated Naloxone. This program works to educate community members on how to use Narcan and also gives participants Narcan free of charge.
The Ohio Department of Health states:
In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time on record. This trend has continued through 2017.
From 2000 to 2017, Ohio's death rate due to unintentional drug poisonings increased by 1,081%, and the increase in deaths has been driven largely by opioid-related overdoses.
In Ohio, there were 411 fatal, unintentional drug overdoses in the year 2000, growing to 4,854 deaths in 2017.
Narcan can help prevent someone from dying from an overdose.
If you or someone you know takes prescription or illegal opioids: Be prepared with Narcan free of charge by calling the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800.