My loved one has an opiate addiction.
What do I do?


  • LEARN the symptoms of overdose HERE
  • GET a Narcan overdose kit HERE
  • UNDERSTAND that addiction is a family disease. GET SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR YOURSELF. This disease is life-threatening. It is critical that you get correct information about how to care for your loved one just as you would with any other disease
  • UNDERSTAND that there is a disease process at work & the addict CANNOT JUST STOP USING. Addiction will not respond to logic or emotional pleas
  • UNDERSTAND that you did not cause this, you cannot control it and you cannot cure it.
  • LEARN what enabling means and stop doing it
  • UNDERSTAND that addicts do not want to be this way. AVOID STIGMA AND OFFER LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR RECOVERY. Do not add to their burden of guilt and shame as that can fuel their need to use
  • UNDERSTAND that the addict is NOT DOING THIS TO YOU. The unacceptable behavior is not personal – it is a symptom of the disease
  • REPORT ANYTHING you know about drug activity to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office ANONYMOUS TIP LINE 330-451- 3937 or ONLINE HERE
  • REDUCE access and street crime by getting rid of unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications at free safe drop box locations. VIEW LOCATIONS HERE
  • KNOW what to do in an overdose situation HERE



SWAP - Canton City Health Department Syringe Exchange Program

Stark Wide Approach to Prevention will have the first distribution from 2pm-4pm at the Canton City Health Dept. (420 Market Ave N, Canton, Ohio 44702). Available services include 1) Sterile needles and injecting supplies and safe, consistent disposal of used needles 2) Access to a nurse navigator to answer questions regarding treatment and treatment options, as well as referrals to treatments 3) Narcan kits 4) Mental health referrals 5) Education on wound care 6) Peer support 7) Safe sex supplies 8) HIV testing* 9) Hepatitis C testing* (pending receipt of kits) and 10) Information on Canton City STI clinics/availability. THE PROGRAM IS ANONYMOUS


Breaking Barriers - Hope Is Alive Motorcycle Run

Presented by the Greater Akron Motorcycle Association. Registration & 1st bikes out at 10am at the GAMC Club House 1540 Smith Rd Akron 44313. Last bike out 1pm. Cost is $15 per rider and $10 per passenger.


CommQuest Addiction & Recovery Symposium

CommQuest Services, Inc. in partnership with Mercy Medical Center and the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Board will be hosting an Addiction & Recovery Symposium featuring keynote speaker and 2013 Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter. The symposium will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at the Metropolitan Centre 3rd floor ballroom in downtown Canton, OH. Tickets available here:

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The Stark Reality Drug Awareness Conference

Community education event in the Timken Auditorium at the McKinley High School Downtown Campus located at 521 W. Tuscarawas St Canton 44702. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Speakers from 6:00 - 7:30 followed by question and answer period with the panel speakers.