In Ohio, More Is Needed Than “Just Say No”

Fighting Addiction Focuses On Behavior Change

Officials in Ohio are beginning to push back against the overwhelming tide of opioid addiction. Last year Ohio launched a $200,000 campaign urging drug users’ relatives and friends and other members of the public to educate themselves about signs of an overdose and obtain an antidote.

However, these types of campaigns are coming under scrutiny as drug usage continues to soar. Now the state is launching “Take Charge Ohio,” a $1 million public awareness campaign targeting prescribers, their patients and the public.

Even as these campaigns raise awareness, experts point out that substance abuse is much more complicated than just a simple choice of yes or no. Meanwhile, the grim statistics of addiction continue to ravage communities across Ohio.

Moving forward, public health officials believe the key is help as many people as possible especially children and teens -understand the true consequences of using opioids.

RedRibbon.org is one such organization dedicated to raising drug awareness among schools, students and parents. In Harrod, Ohio – students there participated in Red Ribbon week, helping to bring attention and facts to the dangers of drug addiction.

As one teacher explained, “RedRibbon week allows the conversation to become positive and it helped because students were not afraid to voice their opinions about bad decision making. Red Ribbon Week makes it cool to do the right thing.”If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to seek out rehab centers in Ohio. Substance abuse treatment is available. Don’t wait any longer to ask for help.

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