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

Friday, March 24, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

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. 

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