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 18 counties in Northwest Ohio and 2 counties in Southeastern Michigan, has increased from 8 in 2010 to 452 in 2019.
- 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 and Wood Counties for the safe disposal of unused medications. A list of drop-off box sites is available here. Lucas County, Wood County.
- Family members also experience the trauma of addiction and overdose.
Several online events will be offered this summer.
Fighting Heroin Presentation will focus on the impact the heroin epidemic has on our community and our families, how to access treatment, and how to be part of the solution. This presentation will be offered Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Register with the library at https://events.toledolibrary.o... or call 419-259-5200.
Dreamland by Sam Quinones, focusing on America's Opiate Epidemic, will be a Facebook LIVE Event on Thursday, June 24 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with author Sam Quinones, Harbor's Heroin/Opiate Initiative and Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Books will be available at your local libraries 30 days before the session. For more information or to order books https://events.toledolibrary.org/event/5062068 or call 419-259-5200. Click here for event: https.//www.facebook.com/HarborHelps
Long Bright River by Liz Moore is a fictional story about a family that is impacted by the opioid epidemic. This book group will be offered Thursday, July 22 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm. Register and order books with the library at https://events.toledolibrary.or... or call 419-259-5200.
Heroin & Opiate Initiative Video: 2020-2021
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 Crisis CARE Line at 419-904-CARE (2273) for information regarding access to recovery services in Lucas County.
- Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
- Crisis Text Line: text 4hope to 741741.
- Lucas County Emotional Support Line 419-442-0580
- Resources for family members can be found at https://aplace4mary.com.
Prevention ServicesTeens Children
Prevention programs that teach social-emotional life skills and age-appropriate alcohol, tobacco and drug education to reduce anxiety, addiction and violence are available to schools and community groups in Lucas County. Programs run 10-12 weeks and are taught to whole classrooms or other groups weekly for forty-five minutes to an hour.Learn More
Substance Use Disorder TreatmentAdults Teens Children
Services to help individuals with substance use and emotional health needs at the same time.Learn More