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The heroin epidemic is real.

3,495+ people died in 2016 from opioid overdose in the state of Ohio.

It’s impacting families, communities, schools, places of employment. People are looking for solutions – ways they can get involved – ways to help.

We’ve collaborated with local groups, churches, ministries and organizations to combine efforts and work together to solve this problem. GreaterThanHeroin.com is a resource center and place you can educate yourself and find the tools and resources to get involved. This packet has some simple and easy ways for you to get involved.

Many do not UNDERSTAND why or how other people become addicted to drugs.

It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior.

In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.

– National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Pain in the Nation Update: Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide Reach the Highest Level Ever Recorded

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Cleveland becomes first Jewish community in the country to break silence on deadly opioid addiction

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TIME Special Report: The Opioid Diaries

Photographer James Nachtwey traveled across America to capture the devastating toll of opioid addiction. The opioid crisis is the worst [...]

First Responder Luncheon

Join the ADAMH Board, Greater Than Heroin and Saint Ambrose Church as we celebrate all our first responders. We are [...]

Cleveland ER doctors witnessed spike in opioid overdoses as CDC finds Ohio ER visits surged 28 percent

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland emergency room doctors saw a surge of patients suffering from suspected opioid overdoses in 2017, in a [...]

Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

Join the 20th US Surgeon General, Acting CDC Director, a CDC subject matter expert, and other clinical and public health [...]

Opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year, CDC says

WASHINGTON - Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with [...]

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Join the Coalition

Staying informed is the first step we can all take to fight the serious epidemic of heroin addiction happening in our community and surrounding areas. The reality is this is happening close to home. In our own families. Please have an open mind and heart…understanding is greater than heroin. We can make a difference together.


Greater than Heroin is a group of civic and faith leaders from Northeast Ohio committed
to addressing the heroin epidemic through understanding, collaboration, and awareness.

– Understanding through care, compassion, and support.

– Collaboration through community engagement and coalition building.

– Awareness through community education and resources

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