The opioid epidemic is not an abstraction; it arises in particular places—from homes, to institutions, and both physical and figurative spaces.
Within these various places, there is an opportunity for conversations that explore how communities, cities, counties, and regions have weathered growing opioid abuse. In many ways, Ohio is a different place today than it was ten years ago before this particular epidemic arrived. The places we inhabit—our homes, schools, churches, and medical and correctional institutions and community gathering places—are being transformed. They will be different when this epidemic passes. How do the places in which we live add to the stress of living through an epidemic? How do they help? How can we strengthen, reshape, and transform them so we are a stronger, more inclusive, more supportive, more caring and compassionate, but also strategic state in the years to come?