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Working together to turn the tide against opiate abuse in Ohio
Conference will explore regional strategies for prevention

Sept. 19, 2012

Hundreds of millions of highly addictive pills are prescribed every year in OhioOhioans were prescribed 767,763,408 doses of narcotic painkillers last year, according to the Columbus Dispatch. That's 67 highly addictive pills for every man, woman and child in the state. While that's down 6.7 million since 2010, that is still less than one percent improvement, so there is much left to do. Under the guidance of Governor John Kasich, state leaders have been pushing hard against the epidemic that causes hundreds of drug-related deaths and devastates families.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, is hosting Ohio's 2013 Opiate Conference: Turning the Tide Together. The day-and-a-half event, the fourth of its kind, will be held on April 29-30, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus.

The Ohio Department of Aging supports the effort to stop the inappropriate over-prescription of narcotic painkillers. We know that in addition to devastating families, opiate addition has a direct impact on our elders. Studies link narcotic painkillers to a variety of dangers, like sleep apnea and increased falls and hip fractures. The most extreme cases include fatal overdoses.

We are currently seeking presenters for the conference to discuss the various methods and practices Ohio communities are using to fight painkiller addiction in your areas. We are looking for topics such as community prevention, health and wellness, model programs, partnerships and strategies and recovery supports, among others. Learn more and submit your papers by November 16, 2012.

Please join us in the fight to end the epidemic of opiate addiction.

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Aging News and Perspective, published by the Ohio Department of Aging, is a blog-like publication that connects interested Ohioans to news and information about issues affecting older Ohioans and the people who care for and serve them. Topics include the latest resources and best pactices within the aging network, state and federal programs and benefits, pending and recent policy and legislation that may impact older Ohioans, the latest research in gerontology and aging issues and more.

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