If your patient is in crisis…

  • Call 330-452-6000, the Stark County Crisis Hotline anytime
  • Text 4hope to 741 741, the Crisis Text Line anytime
  • Call 9-1-1 if emergency services are needed. If requesting law enforcement, you can ask for a CIT-trained officer »
  • Call the Domestic Violence Help Line anytime at 330-453-SAFE (7233)
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth 1-866-488-7386
  • Military & Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, press 1 anytime
  • Military & Veterans Crisis Text Line 838255 to get help now
  • Call 330-454-HELP (4357) for the Opiate Hotline for community information, education, support and connection to services anytime, day or night

If your patient needs detoxification services…

If someone is ready to engage in alcohol and/or drug (AoD) treatment services, they must first be detoxed from the substance(s) of use. Some substances, like alcohol and benzodiazepines, can be deadly to detox from, and require medical monitoring for the individual’s safety. After detoxification, the individual can then be linked with treatment services. Detox services are available from StarkMHAR’s Care Network:

  • Contact Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center by dialing the Crisis Hotline at 330-452-6000
  • Contact CommQuest Services – Regional Center for Opiate Recovery by dialing 330-837-9411.

At the Crisis Center (CIRC): OAC 3793:2-1-08 Treatment services (Y): Sub-acute detoxification refers to detoxification services provided with twenty-four-hour medical monitoring. Services are of brief duration and linkage to other formal and informal services shall be made. Sub-acute detoxification may be provided in a hospital setting as a step-down service from acute detoxification, or may be provided in a free-standing setting with medical monitoring. This service shall be supervised by a physician, under a defined set of policies and procedures, who is licensed by the state of Ohio medical board.

At ReCOR: OAC 3793:2-1-08 Treatment services (X): Ambulatory detoxification services means face-to-face interactions with an individual who is suffering mild to moderate symptoms of withdrawal, for the purpose of alcohol and/or drug detoxification. This service shall be supervised by a physician, under a defined set of policies and procedures, who is licensed by the state of Ohio medical board. Ambulatory detoxification services shall be provided by an outpatient program that is certified by the department of alcohol and drug addiction services. Department certified halfway house and residential treatment programs that want to provide ambulatory detoxification services need not obtain outpatient certification from the department.

Source: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3793:2-1-08, accessed Nov. 2, 2015

If your patient does not have insurance…

Stark County residents can access behavioral health services regardless of their ability to pay through the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) Care Network. StarkMHAR funded service providers accept various insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid. Stark residents that are not covered by one of those options can receive services. Their ability to pay for those services will be determined by their income and could be fully subsidized by StarkMHAR. View StarkMHAR Care Network providers »


Prescription guidelines

CDC Releases Prescription Guidelines On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients. View the CDC news release » and the CDC at-a-glance chart »

OARRS Rules for Pharmacists (OAC 4729-5-20) Effective February 1, 2016, prior to dispensing an outpatient prescription for a controlled substance, a pharmacist shall request and review an OARRS report covering a least a one year time period. View the rules »

Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Current information on the use of sublingual and transmucosal buprenorphine for the medication assisted treatment of opioid use disorder. Read the SAMHSA Advisory »


Opiate Epidemic Community & Family Resources

Everyone can take action

Be a responsible consumer  Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about why you might need the pain medication prescribed. Use the prescription exactly as directed. Don’t share your pills with others and above all, get rid of your medication properly. Do not throw them out in the trash or flush them. Take advantage of free, anonymous drug drop off locations throughout Stark County.

Drug drop box locations  Don’t risk your unwanted prescriptions getting into an illicit supply pipeline. Drug Free Stark County has collaborated with law enforcement and community partners throughout Stark County to establish 17 permanent drug drop-off locations. No questions asked. Find a drop box near you at StarkMHAR.org/DrugCollection »

Opiate Prevention Toolkit  Designed for students, educators and for parents, Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery partners with Drug Free Stark County and the Stark County Educational Service Center to make this online resource tool accessible. Access prevention tools at StarkMHAR.org/OpiateToolkit »

Get a Naloxone overdose kit  Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. Naloxone kits are distributed free of charge at area providers. If you know a loved one struggling with opiate addiction, please get an overdose kit. Find out where at StarkMHAR.org/OverdoseKit »

Teach prevention early

Be On the Look Out (BOLO) is a prevention program developed by Drug Free Stark County aimed at parents and caregivers of middle grade and high school students. More at StarkMHAR.org/BOLO »

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Stark Talking prevention program helps parents and caregivers begin conversations about drugs and consequences. Learn more at StarkTalking.Ohio.gov »

Family resources

Get a Naloxone overdose kit Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. Naloxone kits are distributed free of charge at area providers. Find out where to get a kit at StarkMHAR.org/OverdoseKit »

Addiction is a brain disease If your loved one has an opiate addiction, learn what to do. This website was prepared by family members for family members, StarkHeroinEpidemic.org »

SOLACE of Stark County Surviving Our Loss And Continuing Everyday is a support group for those who have lost someone to drug abuse, suicide, violence or incarceration. The group meets the third Monday of each month at Stark County Park’s Exploration Gateway at 5712 12th Street NW in Canton from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Contact Dale Batdorff at 330-323-7605. Also on Facebook at Solace of Stark County »

OhioCAN With leadership across the state and in Stark County, OhioCAN’s mission is to bring the family voice to addiction and recovery, and empower families to create an atmosphere of open exchange without shame or stigma. Reach OhioCAN online at ChangeAddictionNow.org »

F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Motorcycle Poker Run An annual event, the motorcycle run is led by Families Against The Heroin Epidemic Rally in Stark. Find out more online at FathersRunStark.com »

Warriors Project A faith-based support system for those on the road to recovery and their families, Warriors Project can be reached online at WarriorsProjectOnline.com »

Get involved

Drug Free Stark County A partnership of law enforcement, schools, faith-based organizations, health care and treatment providers, business, parents and youth, Drug Free Stark County aims to increase public awareness of the harmful effects of substance abuse. Learn more »

Opiate Task Force of Stark County Designed to bring people and resources together from all sectors of the community to develop and pursue goals and strategies to address the public health concern of opiate use in Stark County. Join law enforcement, medical professionals, treatment providers, criminal justice, community leaders and parents. Learn more »

Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition is a partnership of representatives from more than 20 local community organizations working together to save lives. Active members include representatives from community advocacy, behavioral health organizations, survivors of suicide loss, social service organizations, human service agencies, government organizations, medical facilities and educational institutions. Individuals or organizations are welcome to join. Find out more »