Start Talking: Understanding Opioid Abuse

Members of the Cleveland Clinic will visit the Mentor Public Library to speak with the public about the current opioid crisis on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Members of the Cleveland Clinic will discuss the current opioid crisis on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

The news is grim when discussing opioids in Ohio.

More than 4,000 people accidentally died from heroin, fentanyl, and their chemical kin last year.

That’s a record, and every year our state is setting a new one. In 2015, 3,060 people died from opioids; 2,531 in 2014.

The opioid epidemic afflicts the entire nation, but Ohio is especially affected. A ninth of all heroin deaths in the U.S. happen here, as do one in 14 synthetic opioid deaths. In this, we surpass even more populous states like New York and California.

The epidemic is filling our morgues and our foster systems.

So what can you do to help? Where do you even begin?

You can start by informing yourself.

Members of the Cleveland Clinic will discuss the current opioid crisis during a special program on 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at our Main Branch.

People who attend will learn how to spot signs of potential drug abuse, as well as how to begin conversations that can dissuade loved ones from abusing drugs.

This program is free and isn’t just for people who’ve already been hurt by opioids. It’s for anyone that could be affected by this crisis.

And that’s everyone.

You can register to attend the program on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

For more information on available resources, contact the Lake County Opiate Task Force. For immediate assistance, call the Lake County Crisis Hotline at (440) 953-TALK.

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