Long before the pandemic started taking lives in Ohio, there was another epidemic that took our friends, relatives, and co-workers. The Opiod epidemic may have receded a bit in the headlines, but it isn't over, and is still taking a heavy toll in our communities statewide.
Jeanne Destro talked to three people working to help those struggling with drug, alcohol, and mental health issues.
First, a conversation with Orman Hall, who is an Executive in Residence with the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions.
Hall worked on a study released this month, that shows a massive increase in "deaths of despair", from drugs, alcohol, and suicide between 2009 and 2019.
Why did it happen? Who was most affected? What can we do about it? Listen here to find out.
Next, we talked to Gerald Craig, who is the Executive Director of the Summit County ADM Board, about how what came up in that study relates to our area, and how the pandemic is putting even more stress on people dealing with those issues.
And finally, we talked to Michael J. Evans, who is with the Summit County Community Partnershp, about this week's Virtual Community Drug Prevention Celebration, and thier efforts to encourage people to safely dispose of prescription drugs.