Location: 246 Northland Drive, Suite 100, Medina, OH 44256 Phone: (330) 723-9642 Fax: (330) 723-9643 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
MEDINA COUNTY OPIATE TASK FORCE
HELPING FIGHT THE OPIATE EPIDEMIC HEAD ON IN MEDINA COUNTY
Opiate abuse has steadily been on the rise in Ohio, which is currently leading the nation in opiate deaths. One out of every nine opiate overdoses across the United States happens in our state. In 2016, Medina County tragically saw 20 opiate-related deaths. Compare this to 2009, when Medina County had three opiate-related deaths. It’s distressing that these numbers have steadily increased despite interventions in our community. Even one death is too many.
Drug addiction not only impacts the user, but also impacts parents, siblings, spouses, children, our community and the county as a whole. The Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health (2016) points out that the misuse of substances is not a character flaw, but a biological, psychological and social issue that needs to be treated as other health issues would be treated.
During the past year, the Medina County ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health) Board has increased resources to local alcohol, drug and mental health agencies - Alternative Paths and Solutions Behavioral Healthcare - to increase and strengthen Opiate/Heroin specific services and programs to help combat this epidemic. With assistance from the Medina County ADAMH Board, the Health Department has implemented Project DAWN - deaths avoided with Naloxone - to provide Narcan to the community. This project, in conjunction with other prevention and treatment programs provided by other groups, is essential to addressing the opioid problem in Medina County.
Both the ADAMH Board and the Health Department realize that there is more work to be done, and it will take community involvement. As a result of much planning, the ADAMH Board and the Medina County Health Department have decided to partner to develop a Medina County Opiate Task Force, forming a strong partnership by combining behavioral and physical health disciplines to help combat this epidemic. The ADAMH Board will also be working closely with MCDAC (Medina County Drug Abuse Commission), who continues to be a strong advocate.
The purpose of the Opiate Task Force is to come together as a county across many disciplines to develop short and long term prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to address the Opiate/Heroin epidemic. The ADAMH Board sent invitations to more than 170 participants to help guide the creation of a comprehensive and diversified Task Force to identify and describe services and programs available, and to identify areas of need.
MEDINA COUNTY ADAMH BOARD AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT PARTNER TO FORM OPIATE TASK FORCE
2014 OPIOID-RELATE OVERDOSE DEATHS States with the Highest Number of Overdose Deaths
SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
There were 2,590 Overdose Deaths from Opioid Abuse in Ohio in 2015
The Medina County Opiate Task Force will collaborate, utilizing a combination of behavioral and physical health disciplines, advocate by promoting the resources and agencies available in Medina County, and work to educate the public about the risks and harm of opiate abuse.
The Medina County Opiate Task Force is currently split into four subcommittes:
HEALTH, SAFETY & INTERVENTION Meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Montville Township Hall; upcoming 7/26/17, 8/23/17, 9/27/17
TREATMENT ACCESS & AVAILABILITY Next meeting: To Be Determined
FOR IMMEDIATE HELP CALL THE CRISIS HOTLINE: (330) 725-9195
JOIN US IN BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION! The next full Opiate Task Force meeting is on October 27th from 9-11a.m. at the Brunswick Recreation Center. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in one of the Opiate Task Force subcommittees.