06 11, 2019

Stories of Opioids and Ohio: Join the Conversation

By |2019-06-11T06:00:37-04:00June 11, 2019|

hiding-1209131_1920Every day, more than 115 people die in the United States after overdosing on opioids. And Ohio has been disproportionately stricken. In 2017, it had the second-highest percentage of overdose deaths per population, second only to West Virginia.

And when you hear about the opioid epidemic, you hear about those who have died or are addicted. You hear about overfilled emergency rooms and overworked safety services. But how often do you hear about the children who are affected?

No facet of our community has been untouched by this crisis, and that includes our kids.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at our Main Branch, we’ll host a community conversation where we’ll discuss how schools, social and health care services, and communities can support children after experiencing the trauma of addiction in their families.

Dr. Berkeley Franz and Dr. Daniel Skinner, two professors from Ohio University, will lead the conversation. Everyone is welcome to participate or simply attend. Refreshments will be provided.

We do request that people register to attend. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

 

10 26, 2018

‘Dopesick’ author Beth Macy recommends the best books on opioid epidemic

By |2018-10-26T06:00:47-04:00October 26, 2018|

Beth Macy – the writer of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors & the Drug Company that Addicted America – visited Lake County earlier this month to discuss the opioid crisis that has wounded our nation.

Every day, more than 115 people die in the United States after overdosing on opioids. And Ohio has been disproportionately stricken. In 2017, it had the second-highest percentage of overdose deaths per population, second only to West Virginia.

However, there are resources available both to those suffering from addiction and their loved ones.

You can also deter people from abusing opioid medication by safely disposing of your excess prescription drugs. Mentor Public Library offers free Deterra bags, which do just that. The Deterra bags are available at the circulation desks of each of our branches. You can get one today.

In addition to speaking, Macy was kind enough to suggest other books (both fiction and nonfiction) that address the opioid epidemic. She recommends:

  • The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell
  • Dreamland by Sam Quinones
  • Drug Dealer MD by Anna Lembke
  • What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
  • Trampoline by Robert Gipe

By the way, Macy’s talk was organized by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a partnership of all 10 public libraries in Lake and Geauga County. They combine resources to provide access to education and the arts in the region.

06 21, 2018

Get free opiate-deactivating Deterra bags from Mentor Public Library

By |2018-06-21T06:00:50-04:00June 21, 2018|

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

Have old or unwanted medications in your house? Get rid of them safely — and for free — using Deterra bags, which you can get at any of our branches.

It could be a lifesaver.

Deterra bags have a deactivation system that will make old and unwanted medications nontoxic, so they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe way. People can then throw out medicines like oxycodone or fentanyl that might otherwise be abused.

The opiate epidemic that has rattled our country is far from over. More than 42,000 people fatally overdosed on opiates in 2016 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

And 80 percent of heroin addicts start by misusing prescriptions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Those prescriptions are often found in the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative.

So getting rid of your medication is not just a matter of cleanliness. It could save the life of a loved one.

The Deterra bags are available at the circulation desks of each of our branches. You can get one today.

If you’d rather not use Deterra bags, for whatever reason, we encourage you to take your unwanted and expired medication to any of the approved Pharmaceutical Collection dropoff locations in Lake County.

One final note: We’d like to thank the sponsors who are supporting this program. The Deterra bags were purchased with grants from the Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library.

deterra flyer

09 6, 2017

Resources for opiate addictions & prescription medical abuse

By |2017-09-06T06:00:39-04:00September 6, 2017|

Some resources and recommendations for discussing medicine/opiate abuse with your loved ones

Some resources and recommendations for discussing medicine/opiate abuse with your loved ones

Members of the Cleveland Clinic recently visited us to discuss the opiate epidemic in Ohio.

They suggested local resources, ways to safeguard your home, and signs and symptoms of medicine abuse.

We share them in hopes that you never need them, but have them if you do.

Resources

The Lake County ADAMHS Board plans, funds, monitors, and evaluates Lake County’s mental health and addiction recovery services. If you’re looking for help but don’t know where to start, you can call the ADAMHS Compass Line at (440) 918-2000 or (440) 350-2000.

For urgent mental health issues, you can call the ADAMHS Crisis Hotline at (440) 953-8255, dial 911, or visit the nearest hospital emergency department.

If you’re worried about your child, Crossroads in Lake County provides behavioral-health services to children, adolescents, young adults and families, including specialized treatment for chemically dependent adolescents. Its phone number is (440) 255-1700.

Meanwhile, the Emerald Jenny Foundation provides a searchable online database with more than 400 resources that includes rehabilitation and treatment facilities, healthcare providers, counselors and other organizations for people and families struggling with addiction.

For more information on addiction and resources to help, visit starttalking.ohio.gov.

Three Steps to Safeguard your Home

Two-thirds of teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family members and friends. Here are three steps, courtesy of Start Talking, that you can take to protect your own home.

  1. Monitor. Keep track of the amounts of your prescriptions, control your kids’ medicines and encourage your friends and relatives (especially grandparents) to monitor and secure their own.
  2. Secure Your Medicine. Keep prescription medicine secure, preferably locked, in a place that your kids and visitors will not easily find.
  3. Dispose properly of Your Unused Medicine. Crush and mix it with unpleasant garbage, or find a medicine take-back site near you. Never flush your medicine down the toilet.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Medicine Abuse

Educate yourself. The best way to prevent prescription drug abuse is to learn about the issue. That way, you can effectively present the facts when talking to your teen.

Get Help. If you think your child has a problem with prescription drugs or over-the-counter cough medicine, please contact the resources listed above. If you don’t know where to start, you can call the ADAMHS Compass Line at (440) 918-2000 or (440) 350-2000.

Talk to your family, friends, and other parents. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.

Start talking. They’ll listen.

Thanks to the Cleveland Clinic, Start Talking, the Lake County ADAMHS Board, Lake County Opiate Task Force, Crossroads, Emerald Jenny Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kid for the above information.

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