At the end of last year, the Kaiser Family Foundation put out a national study which showed that in 2015,
Ohio topped the list of opioid overdose deaths among all 50 states — 2,698 Ohio lives lost to opiate overdoses that year and the numbers have continued to rise. In addition, the opioid crisis is having a profound impact in Ohio workplaces, schools, the health care and mental health systems, as well as for law enforcement and in Ohio court rooms.
The Ohio State Bar Association is committed to working with our partners to combat this epidemic. Here are ways you can learn more and get involved.
Live CLE on May 7: Waking from Dreamland: The Opiate Crisis and Where Ohio Stands in the Fight
Meet acclaimed journalist and author Sam Quinones, author of "Dreamland," who will discuss the rise of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and the possible policy solutions for states, communities and medical boards. Each pre-registered attendee will receive a copy of Sam Quinones' book, "Dreamland." There will be a meet and greet with the author, including a book-signing opportunity.
Let's Treat It Together
Supreme Court of Ohio video about understanding addiction, medication assisted treatment (MAT) and the role of drug courts in Ohio
The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team
In response to this growing epidemic, Governor John Kasich created the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team to attack opiate abuse on every front. The Action Team is comprised of several state agencies that work together to combat opiate abuse by making a difference in each of their respective areas of influence.
Resources for parents, guardians, educators and community leaders to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives
Ohio General Assembly
Supreme Court of Ohio/SCO Specialized Dockets Section
Rules of Superintendence
Includes establishment of the Commission on Specialized Dockets and the certification process, as well as the 12 standards required for certification
Family Drug Court Statewide System Reform Program
Initiative designed to expand the number of clients that can be served through the family drug court model along with related best practice strategies and services to improve outcomes for children and families with substance use and mental health challenges