Health officials say many resources available for anyone battling addiction in Summit County


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio – Health officials and community leaders hosted a virtual Opioid Addiction Awareness event on Tuesday to review measures in place to combat drug abuse and addiction in Summit County. 

Summit and Cuyahoga counties were recipients of millions of dollars in an out-of-court settlement as a result of litigation against opioid distributors and a drug maker in 2019. 

To bring the community together to help guide the county’s strategy, an Opioid Abatement Advisory Council was created, which Shapiro said has spent countless hours making decisions about where resources should go that will make a difference in residents’ lives. Guidance from this group directed millions of opioid settlement dollars to location organizations, the county said.