Addiction Policy Forum launches resource line to address the opioid crisis in Ohio

A leading addiction nonprofit has launched a confidential resource line serving people across Ohio who are struggling with substance use disorder, as well as their loved ones.

Addiction Policy Forum (APF) designed the resource to address the growing epidemic affecting thousands across the state. In 2016, more than 4,300 people died in Ohio from a drug overdose—an increase of more than 30 percent from the previous year. The Addiction Resource Line can be reached by dialing 1-833-301-HELP (4357).

“My husband, Mike, and I co-chair our state’s chapter of APF because the opioid crisis is more than just a statistic to us. We’ve lost nine family members to addiction,” Diana Yoder, co-chair of APF’s Ohio State Chapter, said. “We believe this resource line helps prevent others from experiencing the same heartbreak we have. One of the biggest challenges for families in crisis is getting help quickly and easily. No matter where people are in Ohio, this resource gives them a team of trained clinicians and peer support counselors to connect them to the help they need.”

By calling 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Ohio residents affected by addiction will receive compassionate and confidential support, information about local treatment or recovery resources, and education about substance use and addiction. The resource line is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Addiction counselors, licensed social workers, and peer recovery support advocates staff the resource line and can provide callers with substance use disorder-related information, education on treatment options, and support.

“This is a public health emergency of epidemic proportions that affects communities across Ohio,” Devin Scribner, executive director of the Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC), said. “Unfortunately, it can be very difficult for individuals in crisis and their families to find the help they need. This resource line allows anyone in Ohio to speak with trained clinicians and advocates who can connect them with life-saving resources and support.”

Also available to Ohioans is the Addiction Resource Center (ARC) that APF launched in March. The ARC is a comprehensive, interactive portal to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access help. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan, and providing a database of local treatment providers.

APF, which has chapters in 11 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., aims to roll out the Addiction Resource Line in other states throughout 2018. In addition to tackling addiction through community resources like these, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state, and national levels, and to raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.