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Opiate Epidemic


  • Call 330-452-6000, the Stark County Crisis Hotline anytime
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  • 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
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  • Call 330-454-HELP (4357) for the Opiate Hotline for community information, education, support and connection to services anytime, day or night


A highly addictive opioid drug, heroin use has been steadily rising nationally, statewide and in Stark County. In 2014, the number of people seeking opiate treatment since 2006 has increased more than 200% in Stark County. Southern Stark has shown as much as a 583% increase in people seeking help. Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is tracking this upswing and working with local service providers, safety forces and area stakeholders to educate the community about the destructive effects and costly medical consequences of heroin use.

Medical Resources Learn more about detoxification services and prescription guidelines. Learn more about resources for medical professionals »

Talking with Family Effective prevention starts with an honest conversation. Talk with your loved ones about substance abuse today. Find age-specific opiate talking points »

Help for Families In the face of the nationwide opiate epidemic, families can feel powerless. Explore local resources and learn how your family can join the fight against opiate addiction. Learn more about help for families »

Facts & Figures What is heroin and how does it affect the brain? Why are the medical consequences of heroin greater, and more costly, to individuals, and the community, than other substance addictions? Read more facts & figures » 

Risk Factors & Warning Signs Research indicates abuse of prescription pain relievers can lead to use of heroin if the prescription medication is no longer accessible or affordable. Read more risk factors & warning signs » 

Drug Drop Off Locations Don’t risk your unwanted prescriptions getting into an illicit supply pipeline. Drug Free Stark County has collaborated with law enforcement throughout Stark County to establish more than a dozen permanent drug drop off locations. Find a drop box near you »

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. Learn more about the online opiate prevention toolkit »

Project DAWN of Stark County The Opiate Task Force of Stark County and StarkMHAR partnered to bring this community-based overdose education and Naloxone distribution program to provide overdose prevention kits to Stark County residents. Learn more about Project DAWN »

Understanding Opiate Addiction Harmful health consequences resulting from the abuse of opioid medications that are prescribed for the treatment of pain (Oxycontin®, Vicodin®, Demerol® and others) has dramatically increased in recent years. Read more about understanding opiate addiction » 

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 »

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 »

Help is Available Substance abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment services are available to residents of Stark County through a network of qualified, caring service providers. Read more about the StarkMHAR Care Network »

Heroin Treatment Substance abuse is a problem if it causes trouble in your relationships, in school, in social activities, or in how you think and feel. If you are concerned you might have a drug or alcohol problem, consult your personal physician, or contact any treatment provider funded by StarkMHAR for an assessment. Read more about treatment »

Opiate Prevention StarkMHAR partners with local safety forces and officers, schools and administrators, health care professionals and service providers, the faith-based community and community leaders to develop strategies to increase public awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse. Read more about prevention » 

Ohio Department of Health Read the overdose report » and view a fentanyl fact sheet »

types of opiates

The following are common opioid prescription pain relievers.

Generic Drug Composition Brand Name
Hydrocodone/Ibuprofen Vicoprofen®, Ibudone®, Reprexain®
Ibuprofen/Oxycodone Combunox®
Chlorpheniramine/Hydrocodone TussiCaps®
Acetaminophen/Oxycodone Xolox®, Tylox®, Magnacet®, Endocet®, Primlev®, Roxicet®, Percocet®
Aspirin/Oxycodone Endodan®
Atropine/Difenoxin Motofen®
Tramadol Ryzolt®, ConZip®, Ultram®
Hydromorphone Dilaudid®, Palladone®, Exalgo®
Pentazocine Talwin®
Meperidine Demerol®
Buprenorphine Buprenex®, Butrans®
Tepentadol Nucynta®
Oxymorphone Opana®
Remifentanil Ultiva®
Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone Norco®, Lortab®, Hycet®, Zolvit®, Zydone®, Lorcet®, Maxidone®, Co-gesic®, Liquicet®, Xodol®, Vicodin®, Stagesic®, Zamicet®
Morphine/Naltrexone  Embeda®
Fentanyl  Sublimaze®, Abstral®, Subsys®, Duragesic®, Ionsys®
Morphine  Infumorph®, Astramorph®, Duramorph®, DepoDur®
Sufentanil  Sufenta®
Alfentanil  Alfenta®
Hydrocodone/Pseudophedrine Rezira®
Oxycodone Roxicodone®, Oxycontin®, Oxecta®
SOURCE:,, accessed October 13, 2017