Summit County had 303 overdose deaths due to prescription opiates and/or heroin in 2015. Summit County overdoses have soared to 851 overdoses within the first seven months of 2016.
SCCP is an active member of the Summit County Opiate Task Force and helps to reduce access to prescription opiates through:
- The Deterra Project: Preventing Prescription Medicine Abuse
- Drug Take Back Days
- Project D.U.M.P.
- Healthy Rx for Youth
The Deterra Project: Preventing Prescription Medicine Abuse
Summit County Community Partnership was pleased to kick off a drug prevention initiative on August 31, 2016 aimed at preventing the pipeline to addiction. Summit County Community Partnership has received a donation by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals of 40,000 drug deactivation pouches that will be distributed to senior centers, patients, parents, and families in Akron and Summit Counties to provide a safe and responsible drug disposal method, preventing abuse and misuse of leftover prescription medication.
If each of these pouches are used to capacity, 1.3 million pills will not be available to fall into the wrong hands in our community. These pouches will be distributed to individuals who typically do not have the capacity to utilize one of the many locked DUMP boxes that are available in our community. These pouches make it easy and convenient for individuals to destroy unused prescription medicine in their own homes.
The user-friendly pouch deactivates prescription drugs and renders contents safe for landfills. After filling the specially formulated pouch with prescription drugs and regular tap water, it can be sealed and thrown away with the household trash.
Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy is partnering to make our community safer by offering drug disposal pouches through their 16 neighborhood locations. Summit County residents can access pouches at any Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy location.
In addition to Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy, SCCP is partnering with numerous community organizations to distribute pouches, including Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, AUI, Cascade Village – The Community Builders, City of Akron, City of Barberton, Community Health Center, County of Summit ADM Board, Mature Services, Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Summa Health, the Summit County Opiate Task Force, and Summit County Public Health.
This initiative provides an additional way to properly dispose of prescription medication, reaching individuals who are unable to utilize a drug take back box. It is intended to supplement the work of Project DUMP and Drug Take Back Days.
Additional information about The Deterra Project can be accessed here:
Healthy Rx for Youth
In June 2016, SCCP along with Community Health Center, Ohio Guidestone, and the Summit County ADM Board, received a $10,000 grant from Leadership Akron’s Class 32. This grant provides resources to raise awareness of safe medicine usage and disposal at Buchtel and Ellet Community Learning Centers in Akron.
SCCP members are concerned about the effects of marijuana on a still developing brain as well as the increased potential for addiction as youth begin using at younger ages.
SCCP’s Medical Marijuana Committee is working to address youth usage rates in Summit County. For more information, contact Shelia Smith.
SCCP partners with area high schools to raise awareness of underage drinking and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors. The Parents who Host Lose the Most™ campaign runs during celebratory seasons including homecoming, prom, and graduation. The campaign encourages parents to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable. For more information on how you can be a part of this campaign, contact SCCP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the legalization of casinos in Ohio, problem gambling has received more awareness. Family finances and relationships can be destroyed when someone has a gambling addiction.
SCCP’s Problem Gambling Committee is focusing on raising awareness of responsible gambling and treatment resources for problem gamblers. For more information, contact Shelia Smith.
Drug-Free Safety Training
Almost 40% of industrial fatalities and 50% of work-related injuries are linked to drug and alcohol impairment. We’ve provided drug-free workplace employee and supervisor training for the County of Summit employees.
Businesses who provide drug-free workplace training can receive a discount on their Bureau of Worker’s Compensation premium. If you are interested in improving your work environment, contact Darryl Brake.