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Consumer and Family Resources

Ohio hospitals have been at the forefront of collaborations aimed at addressing the estimated 110,000 Ohioans currently suffering with an addiction to opioids. The OHA Opioid Response Initiative’s three focus areas are prevention, transition to treatment and recovery, and harm reduction. To this end, OHA and our collaborating partners have assembled resources for community partners and families.

  • Drug Take Back Locations
  • Finding Naloxone - Project DAWN
  • Finding Treatment for Addiction
  • Safe Prescription Use: Generation Rx—Evidence-informed prevention education resources
Made Possible by the Cardinal Health Foundation

Drug Take Back Locations

Two-thirds of overdose deaths in 2017 were linked to opioids, and more than half of the patients who misused prescription opioids got them from a friend or relative. Part of the problem is that only 11% of unused medications are disposed of properly. 
Search for Sites Near You 
Use resources below to find permanent prescription drug take-back sites in Ohio and nearby communities. Sites are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and includes drop boxes provided to law enforcement entities through the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and RxDrugDropBox.org

All sites accept pills, but not all accept liquids. Contact the nearest site to confirm any restrictions on liquids and alternative options. 

  • State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy - Provides links to various locations where you can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications.
  • Public Disposal Locations - this search allows you to enter your address to find local pharmacies who have drug disposal boxes. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

National Drug Take-Back Days  
Twice each year the DEA sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. During a recent event, a record-setting amount of local, state and federal partners collected and destroyed close to 1 million pounds of prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history. In October 2018, Ohio collected over 45,000 pounds of medications, ranking fifth highest in the nation. Find upcoming events here.  
Additional Resources 
What to know about drug disposal - FDA
Disposal of Unused Medicines (Video) - FDA

Finding Naloxone - Project DAWN

The U.S. Surgeon General recently launched the campaign: BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE encouraging the community to learn how to use naloxone and to keep it within reach. OHA supports this nationwide effort and has aggregated resources to assist Ohioans in learning about this life-saving tool and Ohio’s Naloxone Project DAWN, Death Avoided with Naloxone. 
What is Naloxone 
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by opioids and restores breathing within 2 to 8 minutes. Naloxone has no potential for abuse and is harmless if given to a person who is thought to be experiencing an overdose but is not.  While naloxone reverses overdoses from opioids, it does not work on all types of overdoses. Alcohol, cocaine, benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax are not affected by naloxone.   
Symptoms of an opioid overdose:  

  • Marked confusion, delirium or acting drunk 
  • Frequent vomiting 
  • Pinpoint pupils 
  • Extreme sleepiness, or the inability to wake up 
  • Intermittent loss of consciousness 
  • Breathing problems, including slowed or irregular breathing 
  • Respiratory arrest (absence of breathing) 
  • Cold, clammy skin, or bluish skin around the lips or under the fingernails  

Where to get Naloxone  
Naloxone can be purchased without a prescription in Ohio. Over 1,600 pharmacies in the state participate in this program including Kroger, Walgreens, CVS and many independent pharmacies. The medication can be submitted for reimbursement through health insurance plans like other medicines for which a prescription is required. For those without health care coverage, the Ohio Department of Health has partnered with local communities to provide comprehensive overdose education and free naloxone at several sites through Project DAWN.  
Ohio Naloxone Locations
Ohio Department of Healh - Project DAWN - click here
Ohio Pharmacies Dispensing Naloxone Without a Prescription - click here

Additionial Resources 
Stop Overdoses. Carry Naloxone. – Ohio Department of Health
Symptoms of overdose – American Addiction Centers

Finding Treatment for Addiction

Acknowledging an addiction problem is the first step to recovery. Let us help with the next step—finding a provider to lead the recovery journey. OHA has assembled these links to a variety of Ohio provider directories in one place to assist those seeking addiction treatment as well as their friends and families. 
Statewide Programs
  • FindTreatment.gov: The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, recently updated their treatment locator provides information on individual practitioners licensed to provide buprenorphine (often referred to as Suboxone) and other mental health and substance use disorder treatment facilities. The site is updated at least annually. 
  • Relink: The Ohio-based Dalton Family Foundation launched relink.org in 2017 for those seeking assistance with addiction recovery and re-entry. The site aims to digitally connect the disconnected, empower those desiring help and restore lives by linking communities with the help they need, when and where they need it. Relink notes which facilities are certified by a state or federal agency.   
  • Emerald Jenny Foundation: Created by an Ohio family that experienced the death of a child to addiction. The foundation launched in 2017. The site offers a searchable database for rehabilitation and treatment facilities, health care providers, counselors and other organizations that serve people who are struggling with addiction. 
  • The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities works to provide education, develop policies and seek support for initiatives that will expand and enhance mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services throughout Ohio. OACBHA has a map of local treatment services.
  • Take Charge Ohio: An initiative to empower all Ohioans to work together to use pain medication safely. They have developed a treatment resource webpage featuring a interactive map.
Cincinnati Area  
FindLocalTreatment.com provides a comprehensive resource for residents of the Cincinnati and surrounding communities. This site only lists agencies certified by state or federal government agencies. Participating providers update their availability usually on a daily basis.   
*If your organization is not listed above, and you would like us to promote your resources, contact OHA.

Safe Prescription Use - Generation Rx

More than 6 million Americans age 12 and older misused a prescription painkiller or sedative in the past month, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. As Ohio struggles with the opioid epidemic, appropriate handling of prescription medicines is an essential part of the solution. 

Teaching our children, our families and our communities about using medication safely is at the core of Generation Rx, powered through a partnership of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Cardinal Health Foundation. 
Community and School Resources  
Generation Rx provides open source educational materials anyone can use to help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.

You can use these materials at home with your children or in a classroom or afterschool program.

K-2nd Grades

3-5th Grades


Key Messages  
Generation Rx teaches these four simple but effective medication safety messages:
  • Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional. 
  • Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s medications. 
  • Always store your medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need. 
  • Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students, or patients. 
Educational Programs