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  • Parents Who Host, Lose The Most

    Summer is a time for celebrations—BBQ’s, 4th of July, Graduation, but... don't be a party to teenage drinking.


  • Parents Who Host, Lose The Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties. It takes place at state and local levels, concentrating on celebratory times for youth, such as homecoming, holidays, prom, graduation and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent. Underage drinking is hazardous to the health and safety of our children and parents play a major role in their child’s decision to make healthy choices. While laws vary from state to state, the campaign's message is a universal one: It is illegal, unsafe and unhealthy for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. To learn more about the program, click here.


  • FEntanyl fuels increase in drug overdose deaths in 2015

  • 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.  



    As a parent, you worry about your kids using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Talking will help them make good choices, but you may not be sure what to say or how to say it. Learn more about these 10 tips to help you. Start Talking today at starttalking.ohio.gov
    1.  Talk frequently
    2.  Show interest
    3.  Be careful what you say
    4.  Be careful how you say it
    5.  Know the facts about drugs/ alcohol/tobacco
    6.  Be respectful & genuine
    7.  They talk, you listen
    8.  Scare tactics don’t work
    9.  Control your emotions
    10.  Take advantage of teachable moments


    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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