Guide for Policy Makers recently released

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is pleased to announce the release of its new Guide for Policymakers: Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment of Risky Substance Use and Addiction. This guide summarizes those policies and practices that have proven most effective at addressing risky substance use and addiction at the federal, state and local levels. The guide is of unprecedented breadth and depth; it relies on more than 20 years of work at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, as well as the work of other leaders in the field, to evaluate the efficacy of various initiatives and present those that hold the most promise. It focuses on the three systems most affected by substance use: health, education and justice. Read More

SOLACE News • Support Project DAWN

Support Project DAWN Lorain County....   Save A Life... Your Donations Are Priceless! SOLACE Lorain County is spearheading this fundraising campaign to defray costs for the $35 Narcan Kits, to arm our emergency responders, including law enforcement who can now administer Naloxone (NARCAN), which revive those overdosing on opiates. The medication provides a window of time to get someone to the Emergency Room. It saves lives... Help support this fundraising campaign:

"Save a Life, Your Donation is Priceless"

Donations - of any amount -  can be sent/or dropped off at the:

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) Board of Lorain County - Project DAWN of Lorain County, 4950 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053.

You can also make donations in memory of someone.

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Narcan Kits have saved 27,000 lives - at least 70 lives have been saved in Lorain County

CDC Report: Narcan Kits Save Nearly 27,000 Lives

Nearly 27,000 lives have been saved as a result of Narcan kits given to friends and family to reverse opioid overdoses, found a new study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s June 19th Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, counters the effects of prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids.

"Overdoses are often witnessed by other drug users and family members of drug users," lead researcher Eliza Wheeler, DOPE Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition in Oakland, Calif., told HealthDay News. Read More

Health and human services lose out

Ohio has indicated that Medicaid expansion will allow local communities savings of over $70 million for behavioral health, but due due to other constraints, communities with local levies will lose funding. This is a problem. Read more:

Health and human services lose out

Ten years ago, lawmakers started chopping away at certain business taxes with the promise that lost revenue we depend on for parks, schools, mental health services and libraries would be replaced. Read More

Lorain County making strides in fight against heroin

While the battle against heroin in Lorain County rages on, law enforcement officials say they are making strides against the epidemic while saving lives in the process. According to the Lorain County Coroner’s Office, the rise of heroin started about six years ago and culminated in 2012 when the amount of drug related deaths tripled from 2011.  

In 2013, the Coroner’s Office reported 69 drug-related deaths, 33 of which were directly tied to heroin. In 2014 the numbers dropped down to 65 drug-related deaths, with 24 being linked to the drug.   Read More