August, September & October 2019 Ohio has been hard hit by the opi- oid crisis. While public awareness of the issue is high, many Ohioans just don’t think it will impact them. How- ever, according to the National Insti- tute of Health, in 2017 Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. Prescription drug overdoses accounted for 947 deaths across the state of Ohio; and unintentional drug overdoses from any drug rose to 4,854 deaths. The increase in overdose deaths resulted in making drug overdose the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing automobile, firearm, and fall injuries. Almost half of Ohio’s drug overdose deaths can be attributed to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Locations & Hours Main Library 655 Main Street Coshocton, OH 43812 (740) 622-0956 firstname.lastname@example.org Monday-Wednesday 9:30am-8:00pm Thursday-Friday 9:30am-6:00pm Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm West Lafayette Branch 601 East Main Street West Lafayette, OH 43845 (740) 545-6672 email@example.com Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-7:00pm Thursday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm Director’s Corner Public libraries play many roles in the community served. This newsletter is dedicated to an area of education that you may not typically associate with the library. Opioid addiction is an issue not just in Coshocton County, but through- out the world. Like many challenges faced, we need to talk about the issue at hand so we can educate ourselves and then those around us. In this newsletter and in the library, you will find resources to help guide these conversations. Challenge yourself to read, watch a documentary, or listen to an audio book de- picting addiction. Pick up a rack card that outlines speaking to different age groups about opioids. Familiarize yourself with area agencies that can assist should you or a loved one need answers. In the words of philosopher Allan Bloom, “Education is the movement from darkness to light”. Kindly, Jennifer Austin, Director Opioid abuse and misuse in Ohio has affected all ages, but teens are es- pecially at risk. Opioid deaths among young Ohioans, those under the age of 24, were the highest in the nation. Ac- cording to the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, teens are most likely to get drugs from friends and family, not from drug dealers. Each day, 2,700 teens try a prescription drug to get high for the first time. And 80% of heroin users in the U.S. report misusing pre- scription opioids prior to using heroin. Despite such overwhelming statis- tics, there are steps we can take to help protect our families: 1. Talk to your kids, 2. Safeguard your prescriptions, 3. Dispose of unused medication. For more information about how to talk to your kids, ask the reference desk. The library also has addiction and recovery resources available. Don’t live in Denial, Ohio 1. Talk to your kids early about the dangers of prescription drug use. 2. Safeguard your prescriptions and monitor the number of pills you have. 3. Dispose of your medications once you are done taking them so that others do not have access to them.