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The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) has been recognized on the national level for its efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. The Partnership for a Drug-Free Ohio, a program of ODADAS has been given the 2011 Alliance Achievement Award from the Partnership at Drugfree.org — formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

“We have had such a strong focus on attacking the opiate epidemic in Ohio, that we’ve had the pleasure of working so many different groups to make an impact,” said Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, Partnership for a Drug-Free Ohio coordinator. “The result of that impact has been a lot of innovative and different mechanisms, like our ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ campaign, our ‘Little Pill Big Problem’ video.”

Frohnapfel-Hasson said through these campaigns and other efforts ODADAS has been given the opportunity an all encompassing campaign, that was largely focused in southern Ohio.

“Educating the public about the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse is vitally important work,” wrote Partnership CEO Stephen J. Pasierb in a letter notifying ODADAS of the award. “Partnership for a Drug-Free Ohio is truly making a difference in the lives of countless families.”

ODADAS recently released its 2012 annual report, outlining Ohio’s Attack on the Opiate Addiction and Overdose Epidemic and reporting that Scioto and Gallia counties have seen a 15 percent combined drop in the amount of narcotics prescribed in 2011 — nearly two million fewer doses.

“Ohio’s long-standing relationship with the Partnership has brought countless examples of high impact prevention education messages to our citizens. We are grateful for this national award that recognizes the work we’re doing as a state to stop opiate addiction and overdose death. Working together, ODADAS and the Partnership are educating young people, parents, and all adults of the potential dangers of prescription drugs,” said Orman Hall, director of the ODADAS is a released statement.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is known for its national drug-education campaign, the Partnership’s mission is to reduce illicit drug use in America for more information about the partnership visit, www.drugfree.org.

For more information about the “Don’t Get Me Started” prescription drug abuse prevention initiative visit www.DontGetMeStartedOhio.org. For more information about the video, “Little Pill, Big Problem: Ohio’s Opiate Story” visit http://goo.gl/7O8Ej.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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