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Mercy Health and Partners Create Opiate Drug Task Force

Mercy Health and Partners Create Opiate Drug Task Force

Mercy Health/New Start Treatment Center, the Mercy Health Foundation and the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board (TCMHRB) have partnered to help stop the opiate and substance abuse epidemic from continuing to affect Trumbull County Families. Preliminary data indicates Trumbull County has recorded 98 overdose deaths in 2016 - a 13% increase from the previous year.

A $20,000 Mercy Health Foundation Community Outreach grant to the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), a program of the TCMHRB, will support a series of comprehensive educational events, trainings and the promotion of substance abuse programming throughout 2017. This includes the expansion of Project DAWN, a community based drug overdose education and naloxone distribution program.

This partnership will help drive not only awareness and dialogue but has also initiated the development of safe med-drop locations for families to dispose of prescription medications throughout Mercy Health Youngstown with St. Joseph Warren Hospital being the first as of February 2017. “We are happy to be able to support ASAP and the coalition’s prevention efforts in Trumbull County,” said Terri Grimmett, director of the New Start Treatment Center.

“Mercy Health has been a critical member of the ASAP Coalition, said Lauren Thorp, project director of ASAP. “The financial support the organization has given us, allows us to continue our work of addressing high rates of drug related crimes, providing community education, and leading community wide change.”

As the Valley continues to battle headstrong the opiate and substance abuse epidemic – through the work of community agencies such as the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board as well as Mercy Health and the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, lives will be saved and families will remain resilient.

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