- The heroin epidemic has reached crisis levels in our country and in our State.
- Ohio is at the epicenter of this crisis. Estimate: 900 people will die in Ohio this year due to heroin overdose.
- In 2016, Ohio had the most deaths related to heroin in the country: 1 in 9 heroin deaths across the US happened in Ohio. (www.dispatch.com).
- Most people know someone who is addicted, or has a family member or co-worker who has suffered as the result of this crisis.
- Most heroin addicts begin their path of addiction because of pain medication.
- We need to break the silence. Many hold their struggle/pain to themselves from fear or shame.
- Understanding the crisis & pain of addiction is the first step to breaking the grip of this epidemic.
- Many recovery resources and opportunities are available to help in our region and state.
- We can all do a few things:
° Make certain that all Opiates prescribed to them by physicians are kept in a secure location away from children and the public.
° Safely dispose of opiates at your local County Sheriff’s office.
° Pray for those who struggle.
° Pray for those who are working to protect us.
° Learn more: www.GreaterthanHeroin.com
° Reach out to your minister/pastor/religious leader for guidance.
- Saturday, April 29 is Drug Take Back Day. Clean out your old/unused pain medications & take them to local police or sheriff’s department.
- Together we are stronger than this epidemic. We can make a difference and bring help and hope to all in need.
Respond to the Crisis:
Learn More & Understand!
St. Malachi Samaritan Ministry
Addiction Awareness Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 9AM—4 PM
Medical Aspects: Addiction as a brain disease: Overview of Alcoholism/Substance Abuse; Family Issues: Treatment and Using the 12 Steps in Recovery
Free and Open to Everyone! To register: (216) 861-5343