There were over 5,000 drug overdose deaths in Ohio in just one year. Watch the PSA above to learn more about the state's drug problem.
Preventing Prescription Drug, Opioid and Synthetic Opioid Misuse
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by following these tips. Learn more.
What if you could look into the future and see what your life would be like if you became addicted to drugs? See how members of the YouTube comedy group SMOSH reacted when they came face-to-face with their "future selves." Watch.
Heroin, Synthetic Opioids, and Prescription Drugs
For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.2
1 Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html
Opioid misuse is a problem in New Orleans and across the country. Get a few quick facts about the drug problem below.
- There were 3,613 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016. 
- The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2017 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.
- 96.4% of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.
- In 2016, over 600,000 people (12 or older) reported having a heroin use disorder.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:
- Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
- Each day in the United States, over 192 people die as a result of a drug overdose.
- In 2016, an estimated 3.2 million people (aged 12 or older) reported past month misuse of opioid pain relievers.
- 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
- The death rate of synthetic opioids other than methadone, jumped by 72.2% from 2014 to 2015.
- During 2016 alone there were almost 29,000 reports of fentanyl (up from 1,041 reports in 2013).
Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.
1 Source: "Ohio Opioid Summary," National Institute on Drug Abuse. View source here.
2 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.
3 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
4 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. View source here.
5 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2016. View source here.
6 Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.
7 Source: “Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis.” Statement from Louis J. Milione Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration. March 21, 2017.
Nick and Jake Savage
While attending graduation parties, brothers Nick and Jack Savage both consumed a lethal combination of alcohol and the potent painkiller oxycodone. Read more.
Need Someone to Talk to?
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has trained professionals to available via phone and online chat to help parents who think their loved one is struggling with addiction. Learn more.
Help for Veterans
Veterans Affairs offers a number of options for those seeking treatment for substance use problems. These options include therapy, either alone with the therapist or in a group, as well as medications to help veterans reduce their use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Learn more on their website.
The Addiction Policy Forum teamed up with CHESS Health to launch Connections. According to their website, this app supports patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.
Through the app, you can track your sobriety, message trained counselors, received clinical support, plus much more.
Treatment Services in Cleveland
If you're looking for treatment specific to opioid addiction, check out this Opioid Treatment Program Directory by SAMHSA.
Otherwise, use SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator at the bottom of the page to find general drug treatment facilities in your area.
The mission of this taskforce is to serve the residents of Cuyahoga County by actively working to raise public awareness, promote community action, and provide education related to the dangers and devastating effects of drug abuse.
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County.
The Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse’s (OMHSA) CenterPoint treatment program provides abstinence-based substance abuse advocacy, education, and treatment options that support individuals, groups, and the community in taking steps toward healthier lifestyles.
This site lists various local treatment resources in the Cleveland area.
The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County brings together the expertise, resources, and proud histories of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County (ADAS) founded in 1989 and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) founded in 1967.
Northern Ohio Recovery Association, Inc. (NORA) is a community-based substance abuse prevention and peer recovery support organization. NORA provides culturally relevant chemical dependency services with dignity and respect to youth, adults, and families in Northeast Ohio.
If you want to get involved in the DEA 360 Strategy you can start by educating yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, and then share what you have learned with your family, friends, community, neighbors, etc.
Join a coalition or volunteer with a partnering organization.
Properly dispose of prescription drugs.
If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer need you can deposit them into prescription drop-off boxes located in your community.
New Initiative Aims to Educate Public About Drug Disposal
Did you know that more than half of the people who misused pain relievers within the past year got them from a friend or relative?
For this reason, it's very important to make sure your opioid pain medication does not get into the wrong hands. Did you know that more than half of the people who misused pain relievers within the past year got them from a friend or relative?
“Stick It,” an initiative that started in Manchester, New Hampshire, is designed to inform the public about the correct way to safely dispose, consume, and store their medicine.
As part of the project, student volunteers place educational stickers promoting safe medicine disposal and DEATakeback.com on prescription bags.
The DEA 360 Strategy is trying to bring "Stick It" to Ohio. But to be successful, they'll need the support of community members, the media, parents, and schools.
Interested in helping? Contact DEA 360 Cleveland Community Outreach Coordinator Lorna Mclain via email at Lorna.email@example.com or by phone at 216-339-7972.