Scholarships raise awareness for substance abuse and recovery
— The Summit WAPS-FM introduces the Rock and Recovery™ Scholarship Program, a new opportunity for high school seniors in the Akron Public School district focused on raising awareness for substance abuse and recovery issues.
College – and career-bound high school seniors whose lives have been impacted will be invited to share their creative voices this spring as part of the unique application process.
Posted in Community, Education, Youth
Tagged Addiction, Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Mental Health Trauma, Recovery Resources, Rock and Recovery, Scholarship Program, Substance abuse, The Summit WAPS-FM
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education project. Participants receive training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose, distinguishing between different types of overdose, performing rescue breathing, calling emergency medical services and administering intranasal Naloxone. The project seeks to provide free training, as well as a kit containing the potentially life-saving drug naloxone (aka, Narcan), to combat the serious problem of opioid overdose deaths.
Posted in Community, Education, Health, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Addiction, community-based drug overdose prevention, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board., Education, Heroin, Morphine, Naloxone, Narcan, Ohio Department of Health, Opioids, overdose, prescription medications, Project DAWN, Summit Alcohol, Summit County Opiate Task Force, Summit County Public Health
By: Katie Sobiech
Last week, the Katie Couric Show, featured the topic of prescription drug addiction, bringing awareness to many.
Guests revealed how what starts as a doctor’s visit for pain or prescription medications can so easily spiral into heroin or other addictions, due to heroine being less expensive.
More and more attention is being brought to this issue, as well as the overall abuse of all kinds of drugs.
Whether it’s across the nation, or locally, coalitions are forming and people are coming together to bring awareness and find solutions to the drug issues plaguing our communities.
Posted in Health, Poverty
Tagged Addiction, Darryl Brake, Drug, drug abuse, drug problem, Health, Prescription drug, prescription drug addiction, SCCP, Substance abuse, Substance dependence, Summit County, United States, War on Drugs
Written By: Tracy Burt
In July 2005, while people were prepping their barbeques for Independence Day, Larry Soper, enslaved by drug and alcohol addiction, was planning his suicide.
“I Googled the least painful ways,” he said. “There were chat rooms even. It was a very dark place.”
For years, the life of the former standout student, author and sports columnist from North Canton had been “measured out by the crack rock or syringe,” he said. Then, on July 7, Larry found his freedom at the IBH Addiction Recovery Center, a 154-acre treatment facility in Coventry Township.
The organization now has a permanent source of funding thanks to the IBH Foundation Fund of Akron Community Foundation, which began June 7 with a recordbreaking gift of $12 million.