Local drug use by youth falling, but here are ways to talk with your kids

According to the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, it is now more likely for Americans to die from an opiate overdose than in a car accident.

The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance is a coalition of business, education, nonprofit, civic and government organizations formed by the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County to educate and prevent young Ohioans from misusing and abusing opioids.

Opioid misuse is an epidemic across the US and Ohio is fighting one of the nation’s biggest drug use problems, only trailing slightly behind West Virginia, according to Alliance spokeswoman Blaine Davidson. There is actually some good news on that front, according to Lisa Roberts of the Portsmouth City Health Department.