Recently, there has been an increased amount of discussion and media attention on the opioid epidemic plaguing the state of Ohio. Although it may seem that this topic has received more attention recently, the epidemic has been an issue of priority for the Ohio House for several years. Even still, it is something that continues to take hold of families and communities across the state, and it will take a collective effort to find solutions.


The data is staggering and looking at the information for 2015, it is clear that more has to be done. Recently released data from the Ohio Department of Health specified that in 2015, there was a rise in the use of fentanyl causing the number of unintentional drug overdose deaths to increase from last year. Fentanyl is a strong synthetic narcotic, and when mixed with heroin, it can be even more deadly. As the state tackles the prevalence of fentanyl, our efforts to respond to the misuse of other opioids has produced some encouraging results.


For example, if you examine the numbers for unintentional drug overdose deaths, the percentage of prescription opioid-related deaths has declined for the fourth year in a row. This is because various initiatives have focused on reducing the availability of opioids that could be abused. We have been working with law enforcement officials to encourage Ohioans to properly dispose of unused medication and have increased our monitoring of prescriptions through the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System.


One other area of focus is prevention and education. This is an area that I especially care about because the well-being of Ohio’s kids and young people is vitally important. A helpful website is StartTalking.Ohio.gov.  The website empowers parents with information to raise their children to be substance free.  In addition, leaders in the Ohio House, the Senate and the Attorney General’s Office joined together to create the Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education. This committee will look at the current status of drug prevention efforts in Ohio schools, allowing us to see how we can better prepare our students for a drug-free future.


Whether it is through education or prescription monitoring, we are taking action on the opioid abuse epidemic. Join me in changing the tide of addiction and working toward a brighter tomorrow in Ohio. Please reach out to my office to discuss this topic at Rep06@ohiohouse.gov or call us at (614) 644-6041.

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Representative Anielski Sworn In As State Representative Of The 6th House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 6th Ohio House District, which includes the south-east portion of Cuyahoga County, for a fourth term.



 
 

State Rep. Anielski To Host Military Resource Fair In Oakwood Village On October 28th

 
Oakwood Village - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) is joining with the Mt. Zion Church in hosting a Military Resource Fair on Friday, October 28th.  



 
 

Rep. Marlene Anielski Highlights State's Ongoing Suicide Prevention Efforts

 
COLUMBUS - 

During a press conference at the Statehouse this afternoon, State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) joined other public leaders in highlighting the state’s efforts in recent years to increase awareness and access to suicide prevention programs. She also discussed newly introduced legislation designed to help school districts and private schools across Ohio provide counseling to students in need of emotional support.



 
 

Rep. Anielski Announces Military Benefits Fair In Brecksville On February 28th

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Senior Center of Brecksville joins State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) in hosting a Military / Veterans Benefits Fair on Friday, February 28th.