In Ohio, pills and heroin prompt action

In Ohio, where prescription drug addiction has a strong foothold, state officials are planning to unveil a new protocol in order to treat opiate addiction. The number of people overdosing on heroin and OxyContin has reached epidemic levels. Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services recently launched a new campaign, Don’t Get Me Started, designed to educate young adults about prescription opiate abuse and addiction.

According to the campaign’s website, 27% of the state’s high school students use illegal prescription drugs, and there has been a 335% increase in Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug poisonings. Ohio is also ranked third in the nation for pharmacy-related robberies.

The site also has a series of powerful videos with personal stories of how painkiller addiction has affected the lives of Ohio residents.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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