Partner Toolkit

Our partner toolkit offers free and downloadable resources for anyone to support the prevention of prescription opioid misuse and abuse.

National, State and Franklin County
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Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids prior to using heroin.

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Opioids account for 83 percent of all drug overdose deaths in Ohio.

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Ohio had 3,613 opioid deaths in 2016 – 604 more than the next closest state.

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From January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, there were 520 overdose deaths in Franklin County. This represents approximately a 47.3 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017.

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In 2017, people under age 39 made up 56 percent of the overdose deaths (compared to 50 percent in 2016). Among the overdose deaths, 68 percent were male and 32 percent female, compared to 78 percent male and 22 percent female in 2016.

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Ohio had 3,237 opioid overdose deaths in 2018 – more than any other state.

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In 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the US.

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More than 70,000 people died from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2017, making it a leading cause of death in the United States.

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For every opioid overdose death, 10 people are admitted into treatment and 32 people visited the ER.

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Opioid overdose deaths accounted for 81% of all drug overdoses in Ohio in 2018.

Teens and Children
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Two-thirds (66 percent) of teens who report abuse of prescription pain relievers are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances.

Source: SAMHSA
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More than 4 in 10 teens (42 percent) who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

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Teens reported that during the last conversation they had with their parents regarding substance abuse, only 16 percent said they discussed the misuse or abuse of prescription pain relievers with their parents.

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A study published in 2017 revealed that accidental opioid ingestion accounted for 4,321 emergency department visits in 2011 for children aged 1 to 5.

Source: SAMHSA
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Among those with leftover opioids, over 60 percent reported keeping them for future use rather than properly disposing of them.

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An estimated 2.1 million young people ages 12 and older had an opioid use disorder in 2017.

Source: SAMHSA
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More than half of young people who inject heroin start by using prescription drugs, often prescribed by a doctor at first.

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Adolescent athletes in some high-injury sports are at a 50% higher risk of misusing prescription painkillers than their peers who don’t participate in these sports.

Source: The Truth
For Parents and Caregivers
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1 in 4 teens will misuse or abuse a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.

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Talking to your kids about drugs can reduce their chances of using by 50 percent.

Source: SAMHSA
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42 percent of teens who misuse prescription drugs get them from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

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Talking to your kids about opioids can help reduce their chance of use by up to 50%.

Source: SAMHSA
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57% of parents and caregivers who have seen the Denial, OH ads have discussed the dangers of opioids with their kids as a result.

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Teen’s brains are not fully developed until the age of 25, making children and teens more vulnerable to opioid use disorders.

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Two-thirds of teens who report misuse of prescription medication are getting them from family and friends, and often taking them from household medicine cabinets.

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Every 15 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal.