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  • Text 4hope to 741741

    Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Trained crisis counselors are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including: suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support. The keyword “4hope” was developed by the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery board, which piloted a crisis text line for youth and young adults as part of the Strong Families, Safe Communities funding initiative supported by OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

  • FEntanyl fuels increase in drug overdose deaths

  • The number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased again in 2015, driven by a sharp rise in fentanyl-related deaths, according to a new report released this morning by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Although heroin was involved in 47 percent of accidental overdose deaths, fentanyl – an opioid that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin – was cited as the primary drug driving fatal overdoses upward. Fentanyl was involved in 1,155 fatal overdoses – more than twice the number from 2014 and 14 times more than in 2013. Overall, drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,531 in 2014 to 3,050 in 2015. There is some good news: data shows Ohio is making progress on the prescription opioids front as the percentage of deaths related to pain medications declined for the fourth straight year. As a state enterprise, Ohio is committed to an aggressive and comprehensive approach to combatting the epidemic, which combines both ongoing and new strategies to: crack down on drug trafficking; prevent youth drug use before it starts; encourage the appropriate use and availability of pain medications; save lives by expanding availability of naloxone and create pathways to treatment and recovery.  


  • Suicide Rate on Rise; Experts Say Rising Drug Use May Be Contributing Factor

    The suicide rate in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers said increasing drug use may be one of the contributing factors. The economy is another possible factor in the increasing suicide rate, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., the report noted. The suicide rate continued to increase in the first half of 2015, the CDC found in a separate study. There were more suicides among men than women, but the suicide rate for women increased faster during the study period. Suicides surged among middle-aged men and women, the report found. The suicide rate tripled among young girls, ages 5 to 14, though the actual number of suicides in that age group remains small, the researchers said.


    Join the ohio afterschool network

    The Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) is seeking individuals to support the Lights On Afterschool a national day of celebration for quality afterschool programs and the work they do to help youth succeed. OAN is encouraging supporters to help promote the #lightupOhio campaign via Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an "online flash mob.” Join the Thunderclap and you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr that cannot be ignored. To join the effort, visit the #lightupOhio Thunderclap website, click the red box to support with Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, add a custom message (if desired), and then click the red “Add My Support” box. On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. a message showing your support for Afterschool in Ohio will automatically appear in your social media feed.











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