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Social Justice Team

Taking direction from a congregational listening process, the Social Justice Team is focused on helping our community learn more about opioid addiction and assisting those who have been impacted by Ohio’s opioid epidemic. 

Background Resources

Background and Resources

Background from the Franklin County Opioid Action Plan:

“The opiate epidemic is eroding the quality of life for Franklin County residents. This public health crisis is killing our residents and devastating families. It is impacting every sector of our economy, including healthcare, education, business and local governments.

“There are many social factors that increase a person’s risk of becoming addicted to a substance, including but not limited to poverty, homelessness, unemployment and trauma. However, there are three major factors that caused the opiate problem to shift to a crisis throughout our entire community. These are:

1. Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs

2. Resurgence of Heroin

a. As prescription pain pills were getting more difficult to get with the crackdown on pill mills and overprescribing, people were turning to heroin which was cheaper and easier to get.

3. Introduction of Synthetic Opiates

a. Examples of synthetic opiates are fentanyl and carfentanil. Although heroin use and fentanyl are not new phenomena, the scale of the problem has increased dramatically, particularly due to the increasing prevalence of fentanyl in the U.S. and the Midwest specifically.

“Ohio has been especially hard hit by the epidemic. On average, eight people in Ohio die every day from an overdose. For the ninth year in a row, unintentional drug overdose remains the leading cause of injury-related deaths for Ohioans. The increase in overdose deaths continues to be driven by the prevalence of fentanyl in many parts of the state, with 1,155 people dying in 2015 attributed to fentanyl, an increase from 503 people in 2014.

 “In 2016, 353 people died in Franklin County due to an accidental drug overdose.  Over the past five years, the number of people who died from an accidental drug overdose increased by 71%.”

Treatment:  For 24-hour-a-day mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services, contact NetCare Access.  Other links to treatment are available here

Naloxone/Overdose Reversal:  For information on obtaining Naloxone (for emergency overdose reversal), visit here.

Talking to Your Kids:  For tips on talking to your kids about addiction, visit here.   

Person-Centered Language:  Using person-centered language can help to address the harmful stigma and stereotypes often associated with addiction.  For more, visit Shatterproof

News Reports:  Special reports on the heroin epidemic by the Columbus Dispatch and Cincinnati Enquirer

A Jewish Response to the Addiction Crisis:  Rabbi Mars’s 2018 Rosh Hashanah sermon.

Tue, July 23 2019 20 Tammuz 5779