Summit County Opiate Task Force

The abuse of opiates, including certain prescription drugs and heroin, has reached epidemic proportions throughout our nation and Ohio is no exception.

Summit County Opiate Task Force

The Summit County Opiate Task Force Strategic Plan is now available. 


Quarterly Meeting Schedule

The Summit County Opiate Task Force holds meetings quarterly to update members and the community on developments and initiatives to fight the opiate epidemic. The 2017 Quarterly OTF Meeting Schedule has been released. All meetings are 4:00 pm-5:30 pm at the Summit County Public Health Department in the Auditorium, 1867 W. Market Street, Akron.

Wednesday, June 7th

Wednesday, September 13th 

Wednesday, December 13th

Meeting dates are subject to change.


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Support Groups

Heroin Anonymous Meeting at Akron UMADAOP

Below are the times for Heroin Anonymous meetings at Akron UMADAOP

  • Tuesdays at 4:00pm
  • Thursdays at 10:00am

All are welcome!

Nar-Anon Family Groups

12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recovery from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.  NAR-ANON TUESDAY NIGHT SERENITY, 6:45-7:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Drive, Tallmadge, OH 44278. For information:  800-477-6291, or email:

Recovery Solutions

Recovery Solutions: Support Group For Families Affected by Substance Abuse - Wednesday Mornings from 10:00-11:00 am at Lake Anna YMCA, Barberton. For more information, contact Kevin Murphy at 330-745-9622 or Cris Prillaman at 330-289-5606.

3rd Annual Current Concepts in Integrated Health Care

The 3rd Annual Current Concepts in Integrated Health Care Conference was held Saturday, November 5th at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wellness Center in Bath  Speakers presented to health care professionals from around Northeast Ohio with a focus of understanding more about mental health and addiction. Presentations are available below courtesy of each speaker.

Challenges in Treating Psychosomatic Disorders - Todd M. Ivan, M.D.

Treating Depression and Anxiety in the Geriatric Patient - Rebecca Schlachet, D.O.

Understanding the Neurobiology of the Addicted Brain - Nicole Labor, D.O.

Is it Medical, Psychiatric or Both? - Susan Padrino, M.D. and Michelle Romero, D.O.

Best Practices in Prescribing Benzodiazepines - Michael Carlisle, D.O.

The Community Impact of Needle Exchange Programs - Maguerite A. Erme, D.O., M.P.H.

Update in the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines - Brian L. Bachelder, M.D.


Safe Prescribing Saves Lives

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed and published the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings.

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In February of 2014, the County of Summit ADM Board convened the Summit County Opiate Task Force, a group of key individuals and organizations committed to reducing the tragic consequences of opiate abuse in Summit County through education, collaboration, advocacy, and the wise use of available resources. As an increasing public health problem, the opiate / heroin epidemic has resulted in a dramatic rise in accidental deaths and immeasurable heartache. Working together, we all can play a role in helping to end this lethal epidemic.

The Summit County Opiate Task Force website outlines the work of the task force as well as providing treatment, support and educational resources for residents in Summit County.

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