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Lucas County Heroin & Opiate Initiative

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 The use of heroin and other opiates is a public health crisis in Ohio. People are overdosing at alarming rates in Lucas County. Harbor, in collaboration with UMADAOP and funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, will address the growing epidemic in Lucas County. Our staff is available to make presentations for agencies and community groups to raise awareness, provide resources and encourage all members of our community to do their part to help prevent others from abusing prescription medications and struggling with addiction and fatal overdose.


Fighting Heroin: The Heroin/Opiate Epidemic...What is it, What Can I Do? is being offered at Toledo Lucas County Public Library branches by Harbor Behavioral Health, with support from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, to bring awareness and education to the community through one-hour presentations open to the public.

Presentations will be followed by a 15-minute Naloxone Training from the Toledo Lucas County Public Health Department.

To request a presentation for your organization, agency or community group, contact Kathy Schnapp, LSW, OCPSII, Prevention Educator/Heroin Opiate Initative at 419.214.3820 x2390.




Prescription drug drop-off boxes are located throughout Lucas County for the safe disposal of unused medications. Many users start with unused drugs from the medicine cabinet at home or the house of a friend or neighbor. For a list of drop-off box locations in Lucas County click the link above.


Heroin & Opiate Initiative Video: 2017-2018


Key Facts
  • The abuse of prescription medications, specifically opiates, has reached epidemic proportions in Ohio.
  • Fatal drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, above car crashes, a trend that began in 2007.
  • The number of heroin and other opioid related overdose deaths, tracked by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office representing 19 counties in Ohio and two counties in Southeastern Michigan, has increased from 8 in 2010 to 288 in 2016.
  • Opiates and opioids are drugs that are highly addictive and are prescribed to treat pain.
  • Heroin is an illegial, highly addictive opiate drug.
  • Many recent overdose deaths were a result of heroin that was combined or “cut” with fentanyl or other opioids more powerful than heroin.
  • Those adicted to heroin are likely to have started by misusing prescription pain medication. Many people get these prescription drugs for non-medical use from the homes of their parents, grandparents or friends.
  • Prescription drug drop-off boxes are located in Toledo and throughout Lucas County for the safe disposal of unused medications. 
  • Family members also experience the trauma of addictions and overdose.
  • Resources for family members can be found at www.aplaceformaryhbh.org.
  • Help is available. Call 2-1-1 for information regarding access to recovery services. 

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Healthy Relationships
Ashley Rodebaugh, M.A.
Prevention Education Specialist