Ohio's Addiction: Roads to Recovery

Ohio public television stations have teamed up to present Ohio’s Addiction: Roads to Recovery a special presentation focusing on Ohio’s ongoing opioid problem. The two-hour program will feature segments from a collection of documentaries produced by Ohio public television stations. Karen Kasler, anchor of the weekly statehouse newscast State of Ohio will host.

Ohio’s Addiction: Roads to Recovery presents a state-wide perspective of the opioid problems that are touching all parts of Ohio — from large metropolitan areas to rural communities. The film provides needed information and resources to Ohio citizens. In a joint effort, Ohio public television stations have committed to simulcasting the premiere of the documentary across the state.

Ohio’s Addiction: Roads to Recovery will air on WVIZ/PBS ideastream at 9pm on Thursday, September 27, the program will be simulcast on other Ohio public television stations including: WOSU, Columbus; WGBU, Bowling Green; WOUB, Athens; WGTE, Toledo, CET, Cincinnati and ThinkTV, Dayton.

Documentary segments include:

  • 20 Seconds of Courage: Fighting the Opioid Addiction in Rural Ohio. Roger Winemiller lost two of his three children to heroin overdoses. His surviving son is in recovery. Roger and others in his rural community reached out to addicts and their families to form a patchwork coalition of support. (Produced by CET/ThinkTV)
  • Be Well: Opioids. A range of issues associated with the opioid crisis including the impact on local families, barriers to treatment and the costs to society. (Produced by ideastream)
  • Addiction: Heroin & Pills “The Social and Economic Tsunami.” Municipal and regional governments are overrun by the cost of the opioid explosion: increased EMS calls, expensive drugs to counteract overdoses and maintaining prevention and rehabilitation programs. (Produced by WBGU)
  • Columbus on the Record. Host Mike Thompson and a panel of advocates look at what policy makers can do to stop the Opioid Crisis in Ohio. They examine which regulations and practices have worked and what’s left to improve. (Produced by WOSU)

Ohio has a number of statewide treatment resources, as well as information about policy and trends:

Emerald Jenny Foundation

A free and regularly updated database that includes over 1200 resources throughout Ohio for rehab facilities, healthcare providers, counselors and other organizations. Also includes news and information related to addiction and treatment.

Project DAWN

Opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Program participants are educated about the risk factors of opioid overdose, as well as how to recognize and respond to an overdose.

Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis

A policy brief created by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, aiming to contribute to the understanding of the unfolding opioid crisis and highlighting insights to inform policymaking.

Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network

The OSAM Network conducts focus groups and individual qualitative interviews with active and recovering drug users, as well as representatives from the law enforcement community and treatment providers to produce epidemiological descriptions of local substance abuse trends. Qualitative findings are supplemented with available statistical data and mass media information to produce Drug Trend Reports and Targeted Response Initiatives for eight regions in Ohio.

For more information and resources, see the Be Well: Opioids page.

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