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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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Ohio Congress members seek federal money to fight opioid abuse

WASHINGTON - Weeks after President Donald Trump officially declared opioid abuse to be a national public health emergency, a bipartisan [...]

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days [...]

Opioids: The Mother Who Knew Everything and Saw Nothing

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.— Joline Gutierrez Krueger was with her youngest son at the dentist when Devin, her oldest, called to [...]

Emerald Jenny Foundation helps addicts, families connect with nearby resources

CLEVELAND - Sitting in the kitchen at their home in Bay Village, going through their photo album, Bill and Susan [...]

Cuyahoga County overdose deaths predicted to jump 25 percent in 2017, could be as high as 850 deaths

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County are predicted to hit at least 825 in 2017, a 25 percent increase [...]

Drug Threat ‘Unprecedented’ According to National Forensic Group; Ohio’s Crime Lab Stats Mirror Trends

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Today Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office released preliminary numbers of drug cases that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal [...]

Emerald Jenny Foundation creates addiction treatment search tool

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Jennifer Emerald Ayars was gone in a matter of months. The 28-year-old, who grew up in Bay [...]

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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.

Who-we-are

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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