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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.

  • New Limits on Opiate Prescriptions for Acute Pain Will Save Lives and Fight Addiction

  • Gov. John R. Kasich joined representatives from Ohio’s medical community and the Cabinet Opiate Action Team at the Statehouse today for a press conference to discuss new prescription painkiller prescribing rules aimed at preventing addiction and reducing overdose deaths. Effective Aug. 31, 2017, Ohio’s health care regulatory boards will implement new limits on prescriptions issued for the treatment of acute pain. The rules are only intended to treat conditions resulting in acute pain, including those that normally fade with healing such as a surgical procedure or a bone fracture. The adoption of these rules can lead to an estimated reduction of opiate doses in Ohio by 109 million per year while preserving the ability of clinicians to address pain in a competent and compassionate way.

    Highlights of Ohio’s new opiate prescribing limits for acute pain include:

    ·         No more than seven days of opiates can be prescribed for adults;

    ·         No more than five days of opiates can be prescribed for minors;

    ·         Health care providers can prescribe opiates in excess of the day supply limits only if they provide a specific reason in the patient’s medical record. Unless such a reason is given, a health care provider is prohibited from prescribing opiates that exceed Ohio’s limits;

    ·         Except for certain conditions specified in the rules, the total morphine equivalent dose (MED) of a prescription for acute pain cannot exceed an average of 30 MED per day;

    ·         The new limits do not apply to opioids prescribed for cancer, palliative care, end-of-life/hospice care or medication-assisted treatment for addiction.

    To help enforce the limited exceptions to the rules and enhance data regarding prescribing trends, prescribers will be required to include a diagnosis or procedure code on every controlled substance prescription, which will be entered into Ohio’s prescription monitoring program, OARRS. This provision goes into effect on Dec. 29, 2017, for all opiate prescriptions and June 1, 2018, for all other controlled substance prescriptions.


    Read a fact sheet on the new rules



  • Staying Safe on the Roads as a Teenage Driver

    Addiction can find its way into every area of your life, whether it is school, college, your family or home life. However, one of the most dangerous places it can have an effect is on the road. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among the 16 - 19 age group for several reasons including:

    o Many are new on the road

    o Peer pressure to drive faster or to take risks

    o More frequent use of cellphones

    o Recreational drug or alcohol use

    Teenage drivers are also more likely to speed, make reckless decisions and also have the lowest rate of seatbelt use making an accident more likely to be fatal. However, 24 per cent of teen drivers who were involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2014 were drinking alcohol. 

    Alcohol use while driving is a rational decision, albeit a reckless one, that many drivers make. However, when addiction is at the core of alcohol use, it may be difficult to stop drinking in everyday situations.
    Before you set out to drive:

    o Plan ahead for your trip (even if its the morning after)

    o Allow your body time to recover from a night out

    o Keep your cellphone hidden from view in your car

    o Ensure you get enough sleep

    o Wear you seatbelt, even if you are the passenger

    o Never drink or take drugs and drive

    Should you think that your drinking or recreational drug use has become a problem and you are putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation by driving under the influence, help is available. The first step is recognizing that this has spiralled into other areas of your life. See the following article for more information and tips on staying safe as a teen on the road.




    SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality recently released "Understanding Adolescent Inhalant Use." The report uses data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to highlight facts about adolescent inhalant use and the types of inhalants commonly used by teens. Inhalants are a highly accessible drug associated with multiple negative outcomes, including but not limited to depression, suicidal thoughts, and use of other substances.











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