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Peer outreach, community programs, PSAs, and more: exploring youth opioid education and prevention

Conversations around the opioid epidemic necessarily focus on adult rehabilitation and prevention efforts, but this isn’t the only affected demographic. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration, around 122,000 teens under age 17 suffered from a pain reliever use disorder in 2015 – and the numbers continue to grow. Youth addiction, like others, can be caused by a number of reasons. Whether drugs are used for experimentation, mental health issues, or legally obtained prescription pain relief, there’s no question that it’s affecting our youth. Just last week, Ohio Attorney general Mike DeWine recommended that the state implement drug education in kindergarten through 12th grade.  

As part of our ongoing project with local media across Ohio, we took a closer look at current programs working on curbing youth opioid use. Here are a few of the resources we found:

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Solutions to the opioid crisis: Are these in your community?

Changing the opioid crisis

These are statistically proven solutions from Ohio and around the country. Some are personal action items, some can be accomplished by organizations and others require local governments to act.

For story context, see this story published as part of the Your Voice Ohio media collaborative.

Meanwhile, which ones are at work in your community, and which ones do you wish you had?

  • Need help right now? The number in the Mahoning Valley is 211 for both Mahoning and Trumbull counties. (A list with hotlines for other Ohio counties is on the www.yourvoiceohio.org web site.
  • Needle/syringe exchanges: By exchanging used for new syringes, heroin users are less likely to develop infections, contract HIV or hepatitis C, each of which would significantly increase health care costs. The exchange also encourages users to not discard infected needles in parks and parking lots because they have value, and also provides one more opportunity for health-care workers to have contact with victims, encourage treatment. Mahoning and Trumbull County do not have exchanges. Summit and Cuyahoga counties have programs open to all.
  • Rapid Response Teams: A first responder, such as police or EMS, joins with health care and social workers to visit victims of overdose within a few days of the event. They ask questions that help victims think about personal behavior and discuss treatment. Mahoning County Sheriff has received grant for teams, Trumbull has none.
  • Personal-record sharing: Widespread sharing of opioid patient records in the health community assists in tracking users to provide best treatment. Camden, N.J., Coalition Health Information Exchange maintains a central database and social workers pursue victims for counseling.
  • EMS real-time data: Cincinnati has created a powerful internet dashboard showing EMS runs for the previous six months and since 2015, helping emergency responders and social workers determine where to concentrate efforts. City officials have used the dashboard to become more efficient with public services and save money. Trumbull County has a limited sharing of data that mixes drug overdoses with other incidents, removes demographics and location. An analysis shows the reports to be sometimes confusing.
  • Tougher prescription guidelines: Ohio has enacted limits on the prescribing of addictive pain medications, particularly opioids, to reduce addictions. There is growing controversy over the limits because addicted users may turn to illegal heroin. However, fewer people are being exposed for the first time.
  • County task force: Opioid task forces are a starting point for reviewing what works in other communities and applying those concepts to local work. Mahoning and Trumbull have focused more on law enforcement than treatment. They are part of a Mahoning Valley law enforcement task force. Other counties have created teams that view the epidemic through the lenses of education, intervention and treatment. Neighboring Columbiana County is among them.
  • Medicine recycling or disposal: Removes addictive pain killers and other unused prescription drugs from the house. Multiple locations in the Mahoning Valley have drop-off boxes, and they also are at police departments In Youngstown, hospitals also accept prescription drugs.
  • When you see an overdose, call 9-11: Ohio has a “Good Samaritan Law” that protects callers from prosecution for minor drug offenses if they are a participant and meanwhile witness a life-threatening overdose. However, there is a two-time limit from prosecution for the caller.
  • Recovery coaching: The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers coach training for people who want to work with a person with addictions. Recovery coaches encourage victims to write a recovery plan and then support the person through the plan. Coaches can be jail workers, law enforcement officials, social workers and volunteers.
  • Obtain a free overdose revival kit: Ohio has distributed more than 53,000 Naloxone kits through its ProjectDawn, Deaths Avoided with Naloxone. In the Mahoning Valley, free kits can be obtained by making an appointment with the Mahoning County District Board of Health, 330.270.2855, ext. 125, or Trumbull County Combined Health District,330-675-2590 option #3. For other counties, see the state’s comprehensive list.
  • Jail/treatment-center release: People most vulnerable to overdoses are those who have stopped using for a period of time and return to the same environment in which they used drugs. Some jails have created in-house education and treatment in an effort to steer inmates away from abuse after release.
  • Drug courts: 33 counties in Ohio have some form of drug court that directs users to intervention programs rather than jail. A few are for juveniles only. Mahoning and Trumbull have adult drug courts. The Cleveland Plain Dealer this year explored controversy regarding the drugs used to treat addiction, with some reducing the craving, others preventing opioids from working.
  • Schools: With data and a growing number of personal experiences, educators are creating programs targeted at students most at risk. National Public Radio recently profiled a new class at South Webster High School in the southern tip of Ohio. Students read about the epidemic, how it came to be and learn that “drugs are a national crisis, not just a family catastrophe.” Ohio has a “Start Talking” web page with resources for schools, churches, organizations and governments.

Ohio media folks change role in community

Imagine this: News media setting aside competitive instincts because they want to do good in their communities.  Here’s what’s happening in the long-disrespected Youngstown-Warren area of Northeast Ohio, ravaged by the opioid crisis. These are rustbelt communities that were devastated by steel-mill closing more than 30 years ago, and they are still waiting for help.

Reporters and editors will sit at tables with citizens and discuss what we’ve seen regarding the opioid/heroin crisis and discuss solutions that are available to us. Does that  cross ethical guidelines, or is that a new way for journalists to share what they know?

Is it possible that we’ll see citizens seizing power? Here’s a story we published in the Mahoning Valley at the beginning of October:

Three reporters in the Mahoning Valley, Renee Fox, Jordyn Grzelewski, and Lindsay McCoy, have worked aggressively in recent years exposing the death and destruction wrought by the heroin crisis, yet despite their dire warnings on television, on the web and in newspapers, the situation here has worsened dramatically.

In Trumbull County, opioid deaths grew at a rate far faster than the state from 2013-15 and Trumbull now is the seventh-worst county in one of the four worst states in the country. Mahoning is only slightly better.

Lest you think the more than 700 deaths – yes, 700 — in the two counties since 2010 are not your concern, consider: More than a dozen of those were truck drivers. At least 19 prepared food for public consumption. More than 20 were in the health care industry working as nurses, pharmacists, health aides and drawing blood.

There were police, security guards and more than a dozen who assembled automobiles. For every user who died there may be scores of users still working those jobs.

What are opioids? They include prescription pain killers, heroin and fentanyl.

Worried yet? Wonder what can be done?

The three reporters from the Warren Tribune Chronicle, Youngtown Vindicator and WFMJ-TV view themselves as part of the community and want to be part of the effort to turn the opioid crisis around.

Their editors and news directors share the concern.

In an effort unique to U.S. journalism, the Tribune Chronicle, Vindicator and WFMJ are setting aside their competitive instincts on this issue to launch a community conversation aimed at solutions. Those sessions will occur Oct. 22-24 in Struthers and target neighborhoods in Warren and Youngstown –selected because maps of deaths show they have been deeply affected.

Covering the media collaboration as well as assisting in the coverage will be reporter Tim Ruddell at WKSU National Public Radio at Kent State University.

The community sessions start with the assumption that public policy decisions and adequate funding from the state and national levels aren’t going to happen soon. There must be a community vision with more citizens taking responsibility. People will be asked whether opioids have affected their lives and how. They’ll be asked how the valley would look if it were successfully turning the crisis around and what must be done to do so.

The Mahoning  Valley media initiative is part of a larger Your Voice Ohio/Ohio Media Project. What is learned in the Mahoning Valley will be transferred to other communities around the state – Dayton, Middletown, Akron-Canton among them. The funding and organizational leadership comes from the Jefferson Center, a non-partisan public engagement organization in St. Paul, Minn.

The Jefferson Center has secured $250,000 in support from the Democracy Fund and $75,000 from the John

  1. and James L. Knight Foundation for Your Voice Ohio and a companion project in Appalachian

Southeast Ohio, led by Journalism That Matters.

Andrew Rockway, the Jefferson Center’s Program Director, is leading the initiative in Ohio. “To address the opioid epidemic, we need to better understand it. We can only do that if we’re listening to community members, engaging community members, and providing communities with the information they need to take productive action,” he said.

There are several leadership groups watching the media effort to determine how best to aid the attack on opioids. Among them are the local judicial system, the Youngstown City Club, the Ohio Civility Consortium. and the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a national nonpartisan organization that has identified Ohio as a state ripe for constructive citizen action.

“This is the type of forward-thinking and collaborative approach that Revive Civility Ohio encourages, said Lauren Litton, coordinator of the program, sponsored by NICD. “People with diverse perspectives must find ways to collectively explore solutions to pervasive issues, like the opioid epidemic, that are eroding our communities.”

Planning this project already has required a change among media partners. The three reporters and TV news director Mona Alexander, Youngstown editors Todd Franko and Mark Sweetwood and Warren editor Brenda Linert have winced on occasion as they’ve thought setting aside their desire to have better stories than their competitors. For this project, they’re willing to share each other’s work.

They see this as a life-or-death situation too important to let their own competitive spirits get in the way.

To help the journalists prepare answers you need and to begin collecting ideas, email your thoughts on root causes of the crisis and your solutions to me at doplinger@yourvoiceohio.org or the local reporter at your news organization, (Insert email address for Renee, Jordyn or Lindsay, depending on news outlet.)

Coming next week: Solutions that have worked in other communities and could be applied in the Mahoning Valley.

 

Media folks: We have got to keep up

The revolution may be under way.

Rich Harwood, one of the finest researchers on the subject of citizens in democracy, has detected powerful shifts in America that should cause every institution to rethink its view of people.

His research has profound meaning for Your Voice Ohio news media participants as we try to re-earn the trust of citizens. Essential to our success is considering whether our communities have become the most powerful elements of American democracy. People are seizing power as governments become paralyzed. This means we have to think on a far more complex level.

Two take-aways, for me, from Harwood’s recent research:

  1. We hear the admonition that people deserve respect.  That may be wrong. Respect is viewed as earned. Harwood said that people crave dignity, just for the fact that they exist. Unless people feel that institutions treat them with dignity, they lose faith.
  2. The inability of institutions such as Congress to make difficult decisions on behalf of the people may have shifted power to the community, where citizens must solve problems, otherwise problems will not get solved.

Here are the bullet points from Harwood that ought to guide media work with their people:

  1. Dignity is at the core. We must honor each other, have faith in one another.
  2. Action is going to emerge from communities
  3. We need to build together. Share work. Discover capabilities in people we didn’t know existed.
  4. We have to make the good visible. Lots of good is happening, but visible only to those involved. It doesn’t mean feature stories in the media, but meaningful recognition. It it’s not named, it doesn’t exist.
  5. Need to spread these new practices, not scale them. That means adapt solutions  to community, as they fit. Don’t attempt to create universal solutions and impose.
  6. Give care to weaving a new story for each community. It’s not going to happen on its own.
  7. We have to be intentional if this new narrative is to take root. What are the ways that different groups put a steak in the ground. This is a fight that restores whether we have faith in ourselves.

A caution from Harwood: Citizens often want to solve the biggest problem first. Big problems are big for a reason. Think about solving problems in which communities can see results.

Harwood offered this very personal touch as he considered people who, on their own, decided to help during the Houston floods:

The divisions in our land are real. We cannot sugarcoat them. Nor pretend they do not exist. We must face them straight up with a healthy dose of courage and humility.

Yet amid the dark tragic loss from this hurricane, comes some light of hope. There is a critical lesson for us all at this time of dispiriting political upheaval: Let us reclaim a sense of shared responsibility—and in doing so, restore our belief in one another and renew our can-do spirit.

27 federal grants to Ohio for substance abuse

27 Ohio communities, many of them rural, receive grands from Drug Free Communities program. Here’s the raw release. I tried to highlight community names.

New Grantees in the State of Ohio

Coalition Name: Coalition for a Healthy Middletown
Grant Award: SP080350 – 06
Grant Recipient Organization: Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio
Coalition Community: Middletown, OH
Grant Recipient Contact Name: Kristy Duritsch
Grant Recipient Contact Mailing Address: 1050 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH 45044
Grant Recipient Contact E-Mail Address: Kristy@safetycouncilswohio.org
Grant Recipient Contact Phone Number: 513-423-9758
Grant Recipient Congressional District: OH-1
Coalition Contact Name: Kristy Duritsch
Coalition Contact Mailing Address: 1050 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH 45044
Coalition Contact E-Mail Address: Kristy@safetycouncilswohio.org
Coalition Contact Phone Number: 513-423-9758
Ohio
Serving Federal Congressional District(s): OH-1; OH-8
Coalition Located in Federal Congressional District: OH-1

Program Description
The Coalition for a Healthy Middletown was awarded a $125,000 Drug Free Communities
(DFC) Support Program FY 2017 grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA). The coalition serves Middletown, OH, a community of 48,694. The goal of the
coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to
prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goal by implementing these
strategies:

  1. Decreasing alcohol usage.
  2. Increasing peer disapproval of underage alcohol use.
  3. Decreasing 30 day use of youth marijuana usage.
  4. Increase perception of harm in youth alcohol usage.

Coalition Name: The Cincinnati for HOPE Coalition
Grant Award: SP080159 – 01
Grant Recipient Organization: Exclusive Services
Coalition Community: Cincinnati, OH
Grant Recipient Contact Name: Tracy Rawls
Grant Recipient Contact Mailing Address: 11134 Luschek Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Grant Recipient Contact E-Mail Address: trawls@xservices.org
Grant Recipient Contact Phone Number: 513-370-9925
Grant Recipient Congressional District: OH-2
Coalition Contact Name: Dr. Dionne Hollis
Coalition Contact Mailing Address: 11134 Luschek Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Coalition Contact E-Mail Address: treatment@xservices.org
Coalition Contact Phone Number: 513-827-9273
Serving Federal Congressional District(s): OH-1; OH-2
Coalition Located in Federal Congressional District: OH-1

Project Description
The Cincinnati for HOPE Coalition was awarded a FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities (DFC)
Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug
Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves the city of Cincinnati, OH, a community of
296,550. The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in
support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goal by
implementing these strategies:

  1. Enhancing/access/reducing barriers.
  2. Modifying/changing policies.
  3. Changing consequences.

Coalition Name: Scioto County Drug Action Team Alliance
Grant Award: SP018684 – 06
Grant Recipient Organization: Portsmouth City Health Department
Coalition Community: Scioto County, OH
Grant Recipient Contact Name: Christopher Smith
Grant Recipient Contact Mailing Address: 605 Washington Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Grant Recipient Contact E-Mail Address: Chris.Smith@portsmouthoh.org
Grant Recipient Contact Phone Number: 740-353-5153
Grant Recipient Congressional District: OH-2
Coalition Contact Name: Lisa Roberts, RN
Coalition Contact Mailing Address: 605 Washington Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Coalition Contact E-Mail Address: Lisa.Roberts@portsmouthoh.org
Coalition Contact Phone Number: 740-354-8943
Serving Federal Congressional District(s): OH-2, OH-6
Coalition Located in Federal Congressional District: OH-2

Project Description
The Scioto County Drug Action Team Alliance was awarded a FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities
(DFC) Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves Scioto County, OH, a community
with a population of 76,825. The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community
collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will
achieve its goal by implementing these strategies:

  1. Building community capacity and engage coalition members in coordinating, planning
    and evaluating a comprehensive population-based initiative to achieve a quantifiable
    reduction in youth substance use.
  2. Creating strategies designed to change community conditions and social norms around
    youth substance use.
  3. Creating youth substance abuse prevention and education activities.
  4. Establishing data driven decision making through youth surveys that obtain core data for
    the purpose of baseline establishment, programmatic implementation, and evaluation.

Coalition Name: Faith in Recovery Prevention Coalition
Grant Award: SP080019 – 01
Grant Recipient Organization: Community Action Commission of Fayette County
Coalition Community: Fayette County, OH
Grant Recipient Contact Name: Lucinda Baughn
Grant Recipient Contact Mailing Address: 1400 U.S. Route 22 NW, Washington C.H., OH
43160
Grant Recipient Contact E-Mail Address: bbaughn@cacfayettecounty.org
Grant Recipient Contact Phone Number: 740-335-7282
Grant Recipient Congressional District: OH-10
Coalition Contact Name: Judy Havens
Coalition Contact Mailing Address: 1400 U.S. Route 22 NW, Washington C.H., OH 43160
Coalition Contact E-Mail Address: jhavens@cacfayettecounty.org
Coalition Contact Phone Number: 740-335-7282
Serving Federal Congressional District(s): OH-10, OH-15
Coalition Located in Federal Congressional District: OH-10

Project Description
The Faith in Recovery Prevention Coalition was awarded a FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities
(DFC) Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves Fayette County, OH, a community of
28,679. The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in
support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goal by
implementing these strategies:

  1. Providing evidence-based prevention programs in the local schools.
  2. Providing PAX Good Behavior Games to Head Start and interested elementary school teachers.
  3. Establishing and assisting youth-led prevention efforts in the middle and high schools.
  4. Conducting evidence based media and social media campaigns.
  5. Conducting workshops for parents on how to talk to their kids about substance use.
  6. Developing an inventory of alternative activities for youth in our community.

Coalition Name: Coalition for Health Promotion
Grant Award: SP080140 – 01
Grant Recipient Organization: Youngstown UMADAOP
Coalition Community: East Side of Youngstown, OH
Grant Recipient Contact Name: Darryl Alexander Sr.
Grant Recipient Contact Mailing Address: 1327 Florencedale Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44505
Grant Recipient Contact E-Mail Address: alexandersrdarryl@yahoo.com
Grant Recipient Contact Phone Number: 330-743-2772
Grant Recipient Congressional District: OH-13th
Coalition Contact Name: Brenda Heidinger
Coalition Contact Mailing Address: 222 West Federal Plaza, Suite 201, Youngstown, OH 44503
Coalition Contact E-Mail Address: bheidinger@mahoningcountyoh.gov
Coalition Contact Phone Number: 330-746-2959
Serving Federal Congressional District(s): OH-13th
Coalition Located in Federal Congressional District: OH-13th

Project Description
The Coalition for Health Promotion (CFHP) was awarded a FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities
(DFC) Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves Youngstown, OH, a community of
65,573. The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in
support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goal by
implementing these strategies:
1. Changing social norms.
2. Reducing access.
3. Policy change.
4. Creative media strategies.

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 2nd Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP020821-03
Grantee Name: CLERMONT RECOVERY CENTER. INC.
Grantee Congressional District: 02
Coalition Name: Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County
Coalition Coordinator: Mary Wolff
Coalition Address: 1088 Wasserman Way
Coalition City: Batavia
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45103
Coalition Phone: 513-735-8143
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 02
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP017077-08
Grantee Name: MILFORD EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Grantee Congressional District: 02
Coalition Name: PARTNERS FOR A DRUG FREE MILFORD MIAMI TOWNSHIP
Coalition Coordinator: Ted Haskins
Coalition Address: 1 Eagles Way
Coalition City: Milford
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45150
Coalition Phone: 513-576-2267
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 02
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP021511-02
Grantee Name: MADISONVILLE WEED AND SEED SUSTAINED
Grantee Congressional District: 02
Coalition Name: Madisonville Weed and Seed Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Kathleen Garrison
Coalition Address: 4917 Whetsel Avenue
Coalition City: Cincinnati
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45227
Coalition Phone: 513-460-5060
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 02
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 4th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP021391-04
Grantee Name: MENTAL HLTH & RECOVERY BRD OF UNION CNTY
Grantee Congressional District: 04
Coalition Name: Union County Drug Free Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Holly Zweizig
Coalition Address: 131 N. Main Street, Suite A
Coalition City: Marysville
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43040
Coalition Phone: 937-642-1212
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 04
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 5th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP020309-04
Grantee Name: WOOD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Grantee Congressional District: 05
Coalition Name: Wood County
Prevention Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Kyle Clark
Coalition Address: 1867 N. Research Dr.
Coalition City: Bowling Green
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43402
Coalition Phone: 419-806-9408
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 05
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP020888-08
Grantee Name: SWANTON AREA COMMUNITY COALITION
Grantee Congressional District: 05
Coalition Name: SWANTON AREA COMMUNITY COALITION, INC.
Coalition Coordinator: Adorn Grabarczyk
Coalition Address: 97 North Main Street
Coalition City: Swanton
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43558
Coalition Phone: 419-826-1222
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 05; 09
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP015851-09
Grantee Name: FULTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Grantee Congressional District: 05
Coalition Name: Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County
Coalition Coordinator: Beth Thomas
Coalition Address: 606 South Shoop Avenue
Coalition City: Wauseon
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43567
Coalition Phone: 419-337-0915
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 05
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP017030-08
Grantee Name: YMCA OF GREATER TOLEDO
Grantee Congressional District: 05
Coalition Name: AWAKE to a Safe and Healthy Community
Coalition Coordinator: Amy Barrett
Coalition Address: 1200 Michigan Ave.
Coalition City: Waterville
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43566
Coalition Phone: 419-441-0029
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 05
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 6th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP017138-08
Grantee Name: FAMILY RECOVERY CENTER
Grantee Congressional District: 06
Coalition Name: Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Brenda Foor
Coalition Address: 966 North Market Street LL, P.O. Box 464
Coalition City: Lisbon
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44432
Coalition Phone: 330-424-0531
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 06
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 7th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP020744-03
Grantee Name: COUNTY OF KNOX
Grantee Congressional District: 07
Coalition Name: Knox Substance Abuse Action Team
Coalition Coordinator: Julie Miller
Coalition Address: 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road
Coalition City: Mount Vernon
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43050
Coalition Phone: 740-392-2200
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 07
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP020413-09
Grantee Name: MENTAL HEALTH/ REC SRVS BOARD/STARK CNTY
Grantee Congressional District: 07
Coalition Name: Stark County Anti-Drug Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Frances Gerbig
Coalition Address: 800 Market Avenue North, Suite 400
Coalition City: Canton
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44702
Coalition Phone: 330-455-6644
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 07; 13; 16
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 8th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP022153-09
Grantee Name: BUTLER COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER
Grantee Congressional District: 08
Coalition Name: The Butler County Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Lauren Marsh
Coalition Address: 6 South Second Street, Suite 420
Coalition City: Hamilton
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45011
Coalition Phone: 513-896-2335
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 08
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP019823-05
Grantee Name: ALCOHOLISM COUNCIL/BUTLER COUNTY, OH,INC
Grantee Congressional District: 08
Coalition Name: Greater Hamilton Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Christi Valentini
Coalition Address: 2935 Hamilton Mason Road
Coalition City: Hamilton
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45011
Coalition Phone: 513-868-2100
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 08
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP020927-08
Grantee Name: FAIRFIELD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Grantee Congressional District: 08
Coalition Name: COALITION FOR A SAFE AND DRUG-FREE FAIRFIELD
Coalition Coordinator: Pat Van Oflen
Coalition Address: 3249 Greenwich Drive
Coalition City: Fairfield
Coalition State and Zip: OH 45014-
Coalition Phone: 513-829-3565
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 08
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 9th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP014693-10
Grantee Name: ALCOHOL & DRUG ADD SRVS BD OF LORAIN CTY
Grantee Congressional District: 09
Coalition Name: THE LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITIES THAT CARE PARTNERSHIP
Coalition Coordinator: Timonthy Williams
Coalition Address: 4950 Oberlin Avenue
Coalition City: Lorain
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44053-
Coalition Phone: 440-366-1106
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 09; 13
Grant Amount: 46050

Application Number: 5 SP020391-04
Grantee Name: ERIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Grantee Congressional District: 09
Coalition Name: Partners for Prevention of Erie County
Coalition Coordinator: Devin Pollick
Coalition Address: 420 Superior Street
Coalition City: Sandusky
Coalition State and Zip: OH 08754-
Coalition Phone: 419-626-5623
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 09
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 12th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP015726-09
Grantee Name: RECOVERY & PREVENTION RES/DE/MORROW CNTY
Grantee Congressional District: 12
Coalition Name: Drug Free Delaware Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Julie Krupp
Coalition Address: 118 Stover Drive
Coalition City: Delaware
Coalition State and Zip: OH 43015-
Coalition Phone: 740-369-6811
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 12
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 13th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP021050-03
Grantee Name: COALITION FOR A DRUG-FREE MAHONING CNTY
Grantee Congressional District: 13
Coalition Name: Coalition for a Drug Free Mahoning County
Coalition Coordinator: Angela McClellan
Coalition Address: 25 East Boardman Street
Coalition City: Youngstown
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44503-
Coalition Phone: 330-771-7732
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 06; 13
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 14th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP020528-04
Grantee Name: ASHTABULA CO. MN & RECOV. SERVS BOARD
Grantee Congressional District: 14
Coalition Name: Ashtabula County Prevention Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Kaiti Park
Coalition Address: 4817 State Road, Suite 203
Coalition City: Ashtabula
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44004-
Coalition Phone: 440-992-3121
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 14
Grant Amount: 82900

Application Number: 5 SP021646-07
Grantee Name: COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ASSOC
Grantee Congressional District: 14
Coalition Name: Community Awareness and Prevention Association
Coalition Coordinator: Kelly Lazar
Coalition Address: 6380 Mill Road
Coalition City: Broadview Hts.
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44147-
Coalition Phone: 440-740-4751
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 14
Grant Amount: 125000

DFC Continuation Grantees in the 16th Congressional District of Ohio

Application Number: 5 SP019983-05
Grantee Name: NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Grantee Congressional District: 16
Coalition Name: Partnership for A Healthy North Royalton
Coalition Coordinator: Kristin Brooks
Coalition Address: 14713 Ridge Road
Coalition City: North Royalton
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44133-
Coalition Phone: 440-582-7834
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 13; 16
Grant Amount: 125000

Application Number: 5 SP020543-04
Grantee Name: LIBERTY CENTER CONNECTIONS, INC.
Grantee Congressional District: 16
Coalition Name: Turning Point Coalition
Coalition Coordinator: Eileen Keller
Coalition Address: 104 Spink St.
Coalition City: Wooster
Coalition State and Zip: OH 44691-
Coalition Phone: 330-264-8498
Coalition Congressional District(s) Served: 16
Grant Amount: 125000

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A weeks-long tour by journalists using new interview techniques…

Acknowledging the need to listen better to America’s diverse voices, the Huffington Post is taking 40 staffers on a tour of the United States that will visit about 25 communities — including stops in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania — and experimenting with new interview techniques.

They’re also partnering with local news outlets on stories.

Hillary Frey, HuffPo’s head of strategy, explained the project as an effort “to connect the largely New York- and D.C.-based news organization to non-coastal America,” Nieman Lab reported in an interview.

When we started talking about doing this tour — and I had some experience doing more questionnaire-based projects — we really wanted to create an environment where people feel comfortable getting personal with us. The goal of…training is to give our staff skills in active listening and to learn how to approach conversations with prompts rather than hard questions.

And this…

We want some expertise in how you guide a conversation to help people open up about what matters to them, and what issues they want to talk about. We really want to make sure we’re listening, and we’re asking questions that allow us to listen and respond and get people to go deeper, rather than go through set questions one through five.

This is an experiment worth watching.

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Mainstream media in Ohio — what should they do with and for the public?

Engagement ideas applicable to Ohio news outlets

Journalists are exploring new ways to better represent people in their communities. Below are some Ohio and national examples. Anyone have suggestions for topics? Have questions for the news outlets in your community? Ask and we’ll forward to the news organization.

Next week, a Mansfield news startup will hold a party to battle infant mortality

The Richland Source is receiving support from the Solutions Journalism Network for an educational event on healthy babies – a community-wide baby shower. SoJo encourages media to find  proven best practices and present them to the community,  and cover the citizens as they put those practices into their lives.

Equipping inmates to do journalism (No, this is not a newsroom joke)

The folks at WYSO, an NPR affiliate in Yellow Springs, produced a powerful series of audio reports on women in prison by training the women to interview each other. Inmates had a bond that allowed them to ask powerful questions and receive honest answers. As station manager Neenah Ellis said, this was a lot of work; not something you do on a whim.

If you have only a few minutes, listen to this one about a high school athlete who became hooked on opioids after a sports injury, or this high school teacher, who will never stand in a classroom again.

Better: Listen to the entire project. About 59 minutes.

Examples of community engagement projects for your local news outlet, from the Democracy Fund:

  • What’s With Washington? WAMU crowdsources questions specific to the Washington, D.C. metro area for investigation. Listeners and readers vote on questions and can join reporters to work on the story.
  • Dirty Little Secrets. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is leading this large-scale collaborative investigative reporting project in New Jersey focused on “the local impacts of New Jersey’s toxic legacy.” Contributors include New Jersey Public Radio/ WNYC, WHYY, NJTV, NJ Spotlight, Jersey Shore Hurricane News, WBGO, New Brunswick Today, and the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies. WFMU additionally commissioned comedians to create stand-up routines sourced from the stories about contamination. They performed in a Toxic Comedy tour that included discussions with reporters.
  • Here’s the complete report and list of ideas.

Kudos to the Your Voice Ohio engagement leaders at the Jefferson Center.

ABC News Australia reported on citizens juries and their role in redefining one of the most controversial and explosive topics people can discuss: Health care. The Jefferson Center is among the first to experiment with carefully selected, representative bodies of citizens to deliberate on a topic and arrive at workable solutions. Jefferson Center secured our funding last year and this year. Program Director Andrew Rockway is designing the heroin conversations that will occur in the Mahoning Valley.

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Ohio heroin news update

I saw this car in a McDonald’s parking lot near Middletown south of Dayton, in the heart of the nation’s heroin trade.

Hurricane Harvey vs Heroin

Five are known dead more than two days after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall. Meanwhile, more than six Ohioans likely died of heroin overdoses in that time, and tens of thousands more are using or affected by abuse.

Needle exchanges — a solution story worth pursuing in Ohio counties

Exchanges have significant statistical support as a solution to heroin-related dangers and significant public costs. These counties with large numbers of ODs don’t appear to have them: Montgomery, Lucas, Mahoning, Trumbull, Jefferson, Lorain, Lake, Clark, and these more rural counties with high death rates: Jackson, Pike, Clinton, Brown, Adams, Marion, Vinton and Allen.

This unofficial list of needle-exchange locations was provided by Melanie Amato at the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Syringe Exchange Programs as of 6-17-17 (1) Exchanges are not required to report to the state.

Amato also provided this link to the Ohio Revised Code regarding exchanges.

Meanwhile, Amato says complete, final 2016 data is not yet available. Your Voice Ohio will receive the information as soon as possible.

Recent stories

National Graphic produced a somewhat complicated but fascinating animated video showing how drugs affect brain processes. Worth linking to stories.

CNN says southwest Ohio is the nation’s epicenter: Clermont County sheriff’s personal experience leads CNN report . Story says the nation’s supply passes through Dayton via interstates 70 and 75.

The Dispatch published a three-day series last week on the impact of fentanyl. A recent trend is that the deaths are getting younger. (We’ll explore this down to the county level when new data arrives.)

Deaths may be understated, according to a University Virginia sampling, in this NBC News. According to the researcher who studied Pennsylvania and several other states (not Ohio), “a specific drug was not identified in 19.5 percent of fatal overdoses. And in 2008, that figure was even higher — 25.4.” So I checked Ohio for 2014-15: About 20 percent of the death certificates said died of an unspecified drug.

Solutions

Because data show younger people becoming addicted and dying, education becomes critical. What are your local school districts doing? Need data on young deaths for your county? I can provide them. Here’s a U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration data sheet that includes education programs.

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People have heroin solutions that we haven’t considered

While engaging with people regarding the heroin crisis, public officials and journalists are encountering unique solutions.

In Ross County south of Columbus, irritated with renters using drugs in his mobile homes, the owner set one of the units on fire. We don’t have a database suggesting that this practice is a long-term solution, though it would be curious to hear the owner’s experiences that led him to be so exasperated.

For proven solutions, check out this Your Voice Ohio blog for several at work in Ohio, among them needle exchanges, Quick Response Teams and data analysis.