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Unified Health Services (UHS) is closing after 49 Years of Service to the community.
Regretfully, after 49 years of providing services to the Miami Valley Area, Unified Health Solutions (UHS) will be closing January 30, 2015.
After exploring a wide range of options, the UHS Board has approved dissolution of the agency. A number of environmental factors, including, financial challenges led to this very difficult decision by the Board. On behalf of the Board of Directors and UHS staff we appreciate the support we have received from the community to provide services to thousands of youth, young adults, senior citizens and families throughout the years.
Please contact Helplink at 211, 937 225-3000 or 800 91-REACH for referral and resource services.
Kurt Stueve UHS Board Chair Interim CEO
National Drug Facts Week
It's National Drug Facts Week, an observance targeting teens to help shatter misinformation and myths about drugs. Here is some information about prescription drug abuse.
There's a reason why prescription drugs are intended to be taken under a doctor's direction: If used improperly, they can be dangerous. Despite what many teens and adults think, abusing prescription drugs is not safer than abusing illicit drugs. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended. What is prescription drug abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication in an inappropriate way, such as: Without a prescription In a way other than as prescribed For the “high” elicited It includes taking a friend's or relative's prescription to treat pain or because you think it will help with studying.
ADAMHS Teams With Alpha Media Dayton In Combating Heroin
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has joined with Alpha Media Dayton in a radio public service announcement campaign aimed at helping individuals battling opiate and heroin addiction.
The six month campaign, called Project Recovery, includes a “recovery is possible” message along with a Heroin Helpline phone number to call. Concerned family members, friends, co-workers and people combating substance abuse can call 937-853-4343 to talk to an expert from ADAMHS about the next steps toward recovery.
“We are horrified at the waste of life and lives caused by this heroin epidemic. As a group, our great employees here at Alpha Media Dayton, decided we needed to do more than just wring our hands and hope someone would do something about this issue,” said John King, Alpha Media Dayton Senior Vice President/Market Manager. “That’s why we are donating time on all five of our radio stations to educate and hopefully change minds about this evil drug.”
In 2013, unintentional drug overdoses killed 226 people in Montgomery County, 132 involving heroin.
“Today’s heroin epidemic is unlike any drug epidemic that we have experienced. Most everyone knows someone affected,” said County Commissioner Dan Foley, who was instrumental in launching the effort with Alpha Media Dayton. “People need to know there is help available and that recovery from addiction can and does happen.”
The PSA’s can be heard on Fly 92.9, Hot 102.9, ESPN 1410-AM, WROU-FM and 101.5 Hank FM.
ADAMHS funding for opioid sub-acute detoxification program
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is providing funding for up to 20 beds for opioid detoxification services starting Monday, November 17, 2014. The beds will be located in a newly renovated detox unit at NOVA Behavioral Health in Dayton and will serve people from a 13-county region. Twelve of the beds specifically will be designated for Montgomery County residents, according to the$778,400 grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
“Many opioid addicts were first exposed to these drugs through prescriptions for legitimate pain issues, which led them to become dependent or addicted to these powerful substances or worse,” said ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley. “Addiction is a chronic disease and is not something that can be cured by a single dose of treatment. Access to treatment close to home is critical for individuals working to overcome addiction and lead productive lives in our communities.”
In 2013, there were 226 unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County, with heroin responsible for 132 deaths. The most commonly misused or abused prescription drugs are OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin,
Fentanyl, Valium and Xanax.
Watch the ABC22 Story here
Montgomery County ADAMHS Receives System of Excellence Certification
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has received the highest level of recognition possible due to the diligent work of its staff and volunteers. The Culture of Quality certification is awarded by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) to county Boards administering increased accountability and consistent standards that advance the behavioral health system.
Based on a continuous quality improvement model, ADAMHS met, or exceeded, nearly all of the 142 standards identified as quality practices. The certification is valid for a period of three years.
“The ADAMHS Board has worked very hard to offer a more efficient, effective and accountable system that is responsive to the citizens of this county when they need addiction and mental health services,” said Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley. “Quality practices are critical for making it easier for consumers to access services.”
Montgomery County is one of only 12 Ohio counties to receive certification in 2014. There are 24 Boards in Ohio that are Culture of Quality certified by OACBHA.Helen talks about our certification
Montgomery Co. Officials Using Billboards for Heroin Prevention
The Sheriff's Office and the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board announced they will each be funding an electronic billboard to put in different areas of town. The billboards highlight the deadly problem in the county and encourage people to call the special crisis help line.
The first 3 days of the billboard campaign yielded 29 phone calls to the hotline. If you know someone who needs help call the hotlline number 937-853-4343.
"The people who are dying are not junkies who are shooting up in some dark alley," said Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley. "The people who are dying are our mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers."
"In 2012, 680 people died of heroin overdose across the state. A 30% increase from 2011." said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plumber.
The in-depth study for heroin use in Montgomery County shows a continual increase.
Here are some current numbers when it comes to the deaths due to unintentional overdoses in the county:
- 2010 = 127 deaths
- 2011 = 130 deaths (+ 7)
- 2012 = 162 deaths (+ 32)
- 2013 = 226 deaths (+ 64)
Download the Report for 2013 here
On average, 500 Montgomery County residents are taken to emergency rooms or the coroner's office each year after a drug overdose.
IIf you would like to help donate, call the Sheriff's Office at 937-225-4009.
Overdose Kits are Here...
In the war against heroin, there’s a new weapon. Thanks to a new state law, Ohioans are getting increased access to Naloxone or Narcan, a drug that temporarily kicks opiate users back to consciousness after an overdose. For residents like Lori Erion of New Carlisle, who has a family member struggling with heroin addiction, the drug is a potential lifesaver. “What’s happening is heroin is making its way into the lives and homes of people you would not have expected it to,” said Erion, who runs a group, Friends of Addicts, to support families wrestling with opiate addiction.
Starting Monday, kits with Naloxone will be available in Miami Valley Hospital’s downtown emergency room. Samaritan Behavioral Health’s Crisis Care is already giving families a kit that includes Naloxone, County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) agency will soon give families similar Naloxone/Narcan kits. Dayton police are also officers with Narcan kits, as allowed under the new law. .
Learn more here
Talking to/with Your Kids about Drugs
Talking to your kids about drugs is always a tough necessary subject to approach. As tough as it may be, getting the conversation started should be approached like any other health or safety concern. As a parent, you have to be the initiator of the conversation. Your kids are not going to be the one's to come to you to have a conversation about drugs. Here are some tips to help you have "The Talk"
- Be clear with your kids that you don’t want them using drugs.
- Talk often about the dangers and results of drug and alcohol use.
- Be a better listener. Ask questions and encourage them to talk to you.
- Give honest answers. Don’t lie if you used drugs in the past.
- Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand.
- Use TV reports, anti-drug commercials etc. to introduce the subject.
- Don’t react in a way that will cut off discussion.
- Role play ways to refuse drugs and alcohol.
Research has shown that drug use risk increases between the 9th and 12th grades. Being an involved parent by having a conversation with your child, reduces this risk.