Drug Problem: Is There a Solution to Ohio's Opioid Crisis?

"We need longer treatment, more comprehensive coverage, and to address the cause and symptoms of the problem." Aaron David Marks
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A Panel Discussion

2016 was an unprecedented year for opioid overdoses nationwide. Since 1999, opioid overdoses and the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. have quadrupled, creating an epidemic that spans all ages, communities, and demographics.


Ohio can be considered the "ground zero" of this epidemic. The number of fatal overdoses have quadrupled in the past decade. Southwest Ohio has been particularly hit hard; in Montgomery County, the coroner’s office is now requesting space from funeral homes to help temporarily store bodies.  

Northeast Ohio is no exception. According to the medical examiner’s office, in 2016, there were more than 500 overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County. For the first six weeks of 2017, 70 overdose deaths have been recorded. How can we stop this?


Join us for a conversation on possible solutions to Ohio's current opioid epidemic and how to save future generations from addiction.

Panelists include:

Aaron David Marks, Recovery Advocate 

Joan Papp, M.D., FACEP, The MetroHealth System

John Tharp, Sheriff, Lucas County 


This conversation will be moderated by ideastream® Managing Producer of Health Kay Colby. 


Tickets: $20 members/ $35 nonmembers.

This forum is part of our Healthcare Innovation series sponsored by:

Cleveland Clinic Logo    Medical Mutual      Mh Color Horizontal

Community Partners:

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  • Linda Miller

    am a social worker working in area of drug and alcohol dependence and addiction- Questions for your panel- Is there an anonymous hotline to call to report Dealers? Can you put Dealers names and sentences on the front page of the paper? Can you advertise the penalties for selling any drugs and getting caught? thank you, Linda P. Miller, MSSA, LSW, 15071 Hawthorne Lane, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022; 440.338.7886

  • Vincent Lombardo

    An EXCELLENT Forum at The City Club of Cleveland, one of the very best that I have ever attended -- and that is saying something! I only wish that I could have asked the panel what it thinks about the legalization or decriminalization of opioids and other drugs.