To combat an epidemic of prescription drug/opiate use and abuse in Ohio, the Stark Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will present several town-hall-style meetings in Stark County.
The first meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Massillon Salvation Army, 315 6th St. NE, Massillon.
Abusing prescription drugs or opiates can lead to addiction, crime, and even death. Widespread use has quickly become a problem in the community.
The meetings are presented in conjunction with Quest Recovery and Prevention Services. Those who attend will learn about:
* The history of heroin, opiates and prescription medications;
* The signs of medicinal use crossing the line into abuse and even addiction;
* How/when does heroin become involved;
* How we have come to this point -- abuse to epidemic;
* What makes opiate dependency different;
* The family dynamic; you can help, but not rescue;
* Treatment options;
* Where to go for help and family support;
* People can recover -- what recovery looks like;
* How to become involved in stopping the spread of abuse.
The event is free and open to the public; RSVP is requested, but not mandatory.
To register, see www.starkmhrsb.org and click on "Education and Events."
This is the first of five monthly meetings that will be hosted in Canton, Perry, Alliance and North Canton/ Jackson. Additional sessions may be held depending on community demand.