Addresses the heroin and opiate public health crisis in Lucas County. Presentations are available for agencies, churches and other community groups to raise awareness, provide resources and encourage all members of our community to do their part in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse, addiction and fatal overdose.
The Heroin & Opiate Initiative is funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County.
- The abuse of prescription pain medications has reached epidemic proportions in Ohio.
- Fatal drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, above car crashes.
- The number of heroin and other opioid related overdose deaths, tracked by the Lucas County Coroner's Office representing 19 counties in Ohio and two counties in Southeastern Michigan, has increased from 8 in 2010 to 433 in 2018.
- Opiates and opioids are drugs that are highly addictive and are prescribed to treat pain.
- Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opiate drug.
- Many recent overdose deaths were the result of heroin that was combined or "cut" with fentanyl or other opioids more powerful than heroin.
- Those addicted to heroin are likely to have started by misusing prescription pain medication. Many people get these prescription drugs for non-medical use from the homes of their parents, grandparents or friends.
- Prescription drug drop-off boxes are located in Toledo and throughout Lucas County for the safe disposal of unused medications. A list of drop-off box sites is available here.
- Family members also experience the trauma of addiction and overdose.
A book group focusing on America's Opiate Epidemic through the book Dreamland by Sam Quinones will be offered at the various branches of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.
Heroin & Opiate Initiative Video: 2019-2020
To request a free presentation for your organization, agency or community group in Lucas County, please contact Kathy Schnapp at 419-241-3631.
Help is available.
- Call the Recovery Helpline at 419-255-3125 for information regarding access to recovery services in Lucas County.
- Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
- Crisis Text Line: text 4hope to 741741.
- Resources for family members can be found at https://aplace4mary.com.
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