Kettering: Facing the Epidemic
The City of Kettering & the Kettering Schools are committed to helping our community face the drug epidemic that is devastating our families.
Below you will find the Kettering: Facing the Epidemic educational video as well as links to resources.
We all need to get educated on the epidemic & then take action to get help for those in need.
We are all in this together.
Kettering: Facing the Epidemic Video
In May 2017, the City of Kettering and Kettering Schools brought together experts and leaders from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Kettering Health Network, ADAMHS, South Suburban Drug & Alcohol Coalition, Kettering Police Department & Kettering Fire Department to produce a community education video on the rapidly escalating drug epidemic that is gripping our community.
The information they shared is startling. The resources they offer provide hope. And their plea for all of us to come together as a community to face this epidemic is a critical call to action. The video has three segments. You can watch the full video or any of the three segments separately by using the links below.
Kettering: Facing the Epidemic Resources
Kettering Police Department Recovery Packet
The Community Overdose Action Team was established in the fall of 2016 to address the opioid/heroin epidemic in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County are the lead agencies in the effort to combat the epidemic.
The work of the Community Overdose Action Team seeks to stabilize the number of people dying from drug overdoses and reduce the number of fatal overdoses. In addition, it will identify what services are being offered, look for any existing gaps in services and explore potential new or expanded ways to combat the drug overdose problem.
As part of this inter-agency collaborative approach over 60 community leaders from numerous public and private organizations throughout Montgomery County are members of the Steering Committee that will help guide the work.
All aspects of reducing deaths due to drug overdoses are included in the effort.
Specific teams are working on prevention, treatment, law enforcement, the court system, opioid prescription guidelines, education and outreach.
It is the team’s hope that this collaborative, community-wide approach will make an impact in combating the problem of rising deaths from drug overdoses in our community.
Montgomery County Coroners Office provides up to date data on accidental drug overdoses.
Montgomery County Coroner’s Office issued a Special Report on the Fetanyl Epidemic.
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) of Montgomery County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction services.
ADAMHS Resources include:
Resources for Talking with Youth about Drugs
Start Talking! is designed to give parents, guardians, educators, and community leaders the tools to start a conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives. For more information, visit www.starttalking.ohio.gov.
KNOW! Tips are age-appropriate facts on drugs, alcohol, and tobacco that are emailed twice a month to parents, grandparents, or caregivers, and are excellent conversation starters. Schools can sign up for the TEACHable moments emails that can be used in school or distributed to parents in newsletters or folders. For more information, visit http://starttalking.ohio.gov/TakeAction/ParentsGrandparentsCaregivers/ParentTipSignUp.aspx.
Parents 360 Rx
Parents 360 Rx is designed to raise awareness of the opiate epidemic, eliminate the stigma associated with the disease of addiction, and offer tools for safeguarding medication. The Web page offers a free video to show to the community, and a toolkit that offers guidance on how to host an event. For more information, visit www.starttalking.ohio.gov/Prevention/PARENTS360Rx.aspx.
Resources for Raising Awareness
Marin’s Story — The Battle Against Heroin
The video, produced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, tells the story of a family affected by drug addiction. Visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/getdoc/78d4dde6-67b9-4cb7-9533-d2d855805b0f.
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens is organized to offer students a range of educational experiences as they learn facts about drugs and neuroscience, and to support educators and parents as they aid student learning. NIDA for Teens offers public service announcements, visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/interactives-and-videos/videos.
People Recover is an educational comic book produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about co-occurring disorders. The book provides a hopeful message of recovery for people with substance-use disorder and mental illness and offers helpful resources. To order a free copy, visit www.store.samhsa.gov/product/People-Recover/SMA13-4712.
‘Chasing the Dragon’ Public Service Announcement
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency have released Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a documentary made to educate students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The 45-minute video is available online. Visit www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2016/february/raising-awareness-of-opioid-addiction/raising-awareness-of-opioid-addiction.
Faith Community Engagement
SAMSHA Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FBCI is a model for how effective partnerships can be created between federal programs and faith-based and community organizations. For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov/faith-based-initiatives.
Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The governor’s Community Connectors program is designed to unite students, their parents or caregivers, schools, communities, faith-based groups, and businesses through mentoring programs that will create new pathways for civic engagement and result in higher educational achievement, improved health, and greater workforce readiness. For more information, visit www.governor.ohio.gov/PrioritiesandInitiatives/FaithBasedandCommunityInitiatives.aspx.
Business Community Engagement
Start Talking! Business Impact Zone
The program offers Ohio employers information and tools to combat substance abuse, which affects productivity and safety in the workplace. For more information, contact Sarah Smith, director of Start Talking!, at 614-387-2799 or Sarah.Smith@mha.ohio.gov, or visit http://starttalking.ohio.gov/TakeAction/Businesses.aspx.