Drug overdoses resulting in death have increased rapidly across the county as well as right here in Portage County. This epidemic has become a major public health issue. "Start Talking! Portage", a community organization formed to help those with questions get answers and to help direct those in need in the direction of help.
The group meets monthly and welcomes guest speakers from various organizations, including the Portage County Health Department, Town Hall II, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County as well as others who can provide valuable resources and information to those affected by addition, whether it be themselves or a loved one.
Two community awareness events have been planned and will include educational information about the drug overdose crisis, the addiction process, resources in Portage County and Project Dawn. Attendees will be able to receive a free naloxone overdose response kit through Porject Dawn. Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug.
Community discussions will be held on Saturday, September 24, 10am-noon at the Rosser Municipal Building, 11617 Garfield Road in Hiram and on Saturday, October 22, 10am-noon at the Shalersville Town Hall, 9090 St. Rt. 44 in Shalersville.
These events are free and open to publis as well as handicap accessible.