Devising Solutions

Since our state began to come to emotional terms with the effects of widespread opioid addiction, many individuals and organizations have set about building the resources and networks that are needed to meet Ohioans’ needs.


Many of these solutions are aimed at building capacities that could have positive and meaningful long-term effects. Several of the contributors in this section are individuals who have come through the hells of addiction and its effects, and now plan to become agents of change in our state. Others, realizing the complexity of the problem, have turned to creative and sometimes surprising solutions.

In this activity, participants will discuss the current debate over what type of treatment is most effective for overcoming opioid dependence. Using an article from the New York Times that reports on experiences with this approach, we will discuss the controversy over medication-assisted treatment.
Using the experience of two individuals who created the Buck Fifty relay race to support drug free youth, this activity explores the role that average people can play to help rebuild their communities. Participants will discuss strategies to identify and respond to local needs in their region.
What role should health care professionals play in the response to opioids? How can reflection help individuals rethink their prescribing practices and identify individual or office-level initiatives to support patients with chronic pain while minimizing the risks of dependence?