Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

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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.

Get Involved​

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OnDemand CLE: Best Practices Used by Drug Courts Around the Country

Terrence D. Walton, MSW, CSAC from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals shares the best practices used by drug courts around the country.

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Podcast CLE: Best Practices for Drug Courts in Ohio

The opioid epidemic is growing at a dangerously rapid rate. Listen in on this judical panel discussion as they discuss how they are handling the increase of addicts in their courts.

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OnDemand​ CLE: Best Practices for Drug Courts in Ohio

The opioid epidemic is growing at a dangerously rapid rate. Watch this judical panel discussion as they discuss how they are handling the increase of addicts in their courts.

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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

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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.

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Health Resource Tool Kit for Addressing Opiate Abuse

A tool for communities to adopt a collaborative approach to implement effective responses to opioid abuse and addiction

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Start Talking

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

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Ohio General Assembly

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Addiction - PowerPoint presentation by Representative Robert Cole Sprague (March 24, 2017)

Includes study entitled: Factors affecting repeated cessations of injecting drug use and relapses during the entire injection career among the Edinburgh Addiction Cohort by Yang Xia, Shaun Seaman, Matthew Hickman, John Macleod, Roby Robertson, Lorraine Copeland, Jim McKenzie and Daniela De Angelis

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Supreme Court of Ohio/SCO Specialized Dockets Section

Specialized Dockets homepage

Includes forms, rules and guidelines on how to apply for certification

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Rules of Superintendence

Includes establishment of the Commission on Specialized Dockets and the certification process, as well as the 12 standards required for certification

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Court Based Responses to the Opioid Crisis (March 24, 2017)

PowerPoint presentation by Michele Worobiec, Esq. Policy Counsel, Ohio Supreme Court Specialized Dockets

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The Regional Judicial Opiate Initiative

PowerPoint presentation by Michael Buenger, Administrative Director, Ohio Supreme Court (March 24, 2017)

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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​​​

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