February 13, 2020

One Million Dollar Opioid Grant

Scott Sylak, Executive Director, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, "What were seeing is a tremendous growth in the number of opioid related deaths in minority communities.
January 11, 2020

This Town Is Known For Opioids: Can It Escape That Image?

Portsmouth, Ohio, is trying. But when an area gets labeled — say Appalachia with poverty or Chicago with gun violence — how do you get people to realize it is also about a lot more?
May 13, 2019

Treatment for Opioid Addiction, With No Strings Attached

By the time Ron Clark walked into Dr. Erin Zerbo’s Newark, New Jersey, addiction clinic, he had already been kicked out of two other treatment programs.
Community Conversations — Activity

Growing up with Addiction

Many of Ohio's towns and cities are stereotyped as being havens for drug abuse. But youth growing up in these cities defy these descriptions in important ways. In this activity, we use two poems written by high school students in Portsmouth Ohio to explore the experience of growing up in a city heavily affected by opioid abuse and the motivation to make positive change in the next generation.
Community Conversations — Activity

Humanizing The Addict

The goal of this activity is to challenge our existing attitudes about who addiction affects. Using statistics on the opioid epidemic, along with a poem contributed by a social worker and substance abuse counselor, participants will explore the reach of opioids in Ohio.