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



Community Health Fair

9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Stark County District Library Main Branch (McKinley Room) 715 Market Ave N. Canton, OH 44702. Interact with health professionals and receive free screenings. A variety of exhibitors will be on hand providing valuable health and wellness information. Event presented in partnership with Mercy Medical Center


Hidden In Plain Sight-GlenOak High School

GlenOak High School 1801 Schneider St NE Canton, OH 44721 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 P.m. (approximate). This program is for adults only. It includes an interactive exhibit of a teen bedroom and items which may indicate risky behavior. Topics include substance abuse, eating disorders, crime, violence, technology and more.

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Ohio CAN: Steps of Change

11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Market Square in downtown Canton. The event features educational tables, speakers, raffle drawings, silent auction items, food and bake sale, fun for kids, balloon launch and a mile walk.

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F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Motorcycle Poker Run

Motorcycle Registration is 9-11AM at Massillon Stadium Park. The Community Event & Resource Fair is from 5pm - 9pm at the Stark County Fairgrounds.