(Cleveland, OH) Senate Bill 30 was signed in June designating today, Aug. 31 as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day to raise public awareness and to remember the lives lost to the epidemic.
Unintentional drug overdose is one of the leading causes of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes.
According to RecoveryOhio, in January through November of 2020, there were 4,579 unintentional drug overdose deaths reported.
Earlier this year, state officials approved $2.5 million to rapidly deploy 60,000 doses of naloxone to 23 counties struggling with a high burden of overdoses.
Governor DeWine, RecoveryOhio, ODH, and OhioMHAS are encouraging all Ohioans to consider carrying naloxone to help save a life.
In the last several years, the Ohio Senate has made significant investments to support Ohioans struggling with substance use and mental health disorders by expanding recovery housing, investing in wrap-around services for K-12 students and increasing county crisis stabilization services.
To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit recoveryohio.gov. If you or a loved one need help for a substance use disorder, please call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 for free, confidential assistance from a trained counselor.
To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit recoveryohio.gov. If you or a loved one need help, please call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.
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