Establishing Place

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?

What kind of spaces promote recovery? We know that many addicts face the challenge of returning home and back to their communities after achieving sobriety. How can families and communities best support individuals in recovery?
This activity explores the physical signs of despair across many Ohio communities that have suffered economic downturns and are no longer vibrant population centers.
In this activity, we explore how schools, social and health care services, and communities can support children after experiencing the trauma of addiction in their families.