STARK COUNTY’S HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Opiate Epidemic Community & Family Resources

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 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 »

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 StarkHeroinEpidemic.org »

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 »

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 collection locations throughout Stark County.

Drug drop boxes 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 collection 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 »

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 »

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

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 »


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