Nick McWilliams reporting – With the final tally of overdose deaths in Ohio expected to rise past record-setting levels from 2017, organizations are hoping to create positive change in the New Year.

Spurred on by isolation issues, increased stress, and a variety of other variables, the rise in unintentional overdose deaths will increase for the first time in three years, after the numbers pushed nearly 5,000 in 2017, with over 70 percent attributed to carfentanil.

Tuscarawas Anti-Drug coalition Coordinator Jodi Salvo says that their group, in partnership with others, are hoping to get information out early to drive numbers down in 2021, and hopes to connect more efficiently with community members through the local ADAMHS Board.

“[They’ve] secured a nice-sized federal grant [and are] working closely with Ohio Guidestone. We’re creating a single point of contact person. They’ll be a phone number out in the community probably in about a month. If someone is looking for services or needing help, there’s a phone number that will get an actual person who can help you navigate the whole system.”

The ADC and the Addiction Task Force are also publishing weekly podcast to give advice and tips, along with conversations with those who have been affected by addiction, either directly or through a loved one.

Salvo went on to note the addiction issue is one that affects not only individuals, but also a community as a whole.

For addiction help, contact the ADC, Ohio Guidestone, the ADAMHS Board, or any other local addiction network.

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