Webinar | The Opioid Crisis and the Impact on Families

The opiate crisis in Ohio is affecting our children and families at alarming rates. Through it all, there is a need to understand this crisis and prepare beyond the immediate needs and look into long-term lasting affects on the children in families who struggle with opiate addiction. Ohio is the Second worst state in the nation for drug overdoses, with Dayton ranked 1rst with the highest per capita overdoses in the county.

– We rank in the top 6 for most deaths.
– Children in relative placement has increased 62%
– Foster Care placements have increased 11%.While Opiate use has increased the State allotment of Child Welfare funding has decreased by 21%

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The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ohio Family and Children First, and with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), presents a webinar on “The Opioid Crisis and the Impact on Families,” exploring the unique impact of parental opiate use on the development of the child and the resulting challenges. We know that more children have been taken into child protective services custody due to opiate addiction in the family, that they are in out of home placement longer, and they seem to have a unique set of challenges.  Join us to learn about how to support our families and children. The webinar was presented by Angela LaRiviere, Director of Youth Move Ohio, and Timothy Schaffner, Executive Director of Trumbull County Children Services.Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic, and the Child Welfare System: Key Findings from a Mixed Methods Study Opiate Presentation Resources and References.

ALSO: View and learn more from our complementary webinar Understanding Opioid Addiction and Recovery

Ohio Drug Overdose Data: 2016 General Findings
Ohio’s opioid epidemic continued to evolve in 2016 to stronger drugs, driving an increase in unintentional overdose deaths. The data shows a significant increase in overdose deaths involving the opioid fentanyl, the emergence of more powerful fentanyl-related drugs like carfentanil, and indications that cocaine was used with fentanyl and other opiates.

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The data also shows some promising progress – the fewest unintentional overdose deaths involving prescription opioids since 2009 (excluding deaths involving fentanyl and related drugs)Read Full ReportIllegally produced fentanyl can be hundreds of times stronger than heroin, and carfentanil and other related drugs can be stronger than fentanyl.In 2016, unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio residents, a 32.8 percent increase compared to 2015 when there were 3,050 overdose deaths.Fentanyl and related drugs were involved in 58.2 percent (2,357) of all unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2016.

Read More: Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic, and the Child Welfare System: Key Findings from a Mixed Methods Study

By comparison, fentanyl was involved in 37.9 percent (1,155) in 2015, 19.9 percent (503) in 2014, 4.0 percent (84) in 2013, and 3.9 percent (75) in 2012 (see Figures 1 and 2). With the emergence of carfentanil in 2016, the fentanyl-related drug was involved in 340 overdose deaths, most of them during the second half of the year. For males and females respectively, the largest number of fentanyl and related drug overdose deaths were among the 25-34 age group. (see Figure 3). The increase in fentanyl and carfentanil overdose deaths in 2016 corresponded with an increase in drug seizure reports by law enforcement (see Figure 4).

The number of cocaine-related overdose deaths rose significantly from 685 in 2015 to 1,109 in 2016 — a 61.9 percent increase (see Table 1). Of cocaine-related overdose deaths in 2016, 80.2 percent also involved an opiate, and 55.8 percent involved fentanyl and related opiates in particular.

The number of overdose deaths involving heroin remained relatively flat with 1,444 overdose deaths in 2016 compared to 1,424 in 2015.

Learn More: Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Click on pic to download PDF)


The National Child Traumatic Network Visit site | The Child Trauma Academy Visit site | ACE Study Visit site  | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  Visit site | American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Visit site | The Sanctuary Model Visit site
The Public Children Services Association of Ohio Visit site

About the Presenters
Angela LaRiviere, Director of Youth Move Ohio
Angela LaRiviere supervises staff and youth to develop strategic plans for youth inclusion and voice in Ohio, provides training and guidance to youth, partner organizations and county groups. She also oversees grants and chapter development and participates in state management teams. She develops youth leadership councils on a state and county level. Develop advocacy and strategic plans. Provide support for youth and provide training and technical assistance to state and county partners. She has also created programing and policy agendas to address homeless youth issues and has facilitated state and local youth empowerment councils to address root causes of homelessness while also providing training and technical assistance to local, state, and national partners. she has also developed special programs for homeless youth and mothers and developed community awareness and funding strategies.

Timothy Schaffner, M.Ed., LSWTrustee
Executive Director, Trumbull County Children Services, Timothy Schaffner was named Executive Director of Trumbull County Children Services in November 2012. As a leader in behavioral health and residential care for children, Schaffner has provided consultation and training for many educational, residential and child welfare facilities and brings a wealth of management and child mental health treatment experience to his role as executive director.Schaffner had been the executive director of Valley Counseling Services prior to joining Trumbull County Children Services (in April 2012), from 1995 to 2006 served as Corporate Director/Corporate Clinical Executive for the Center for Behavioral Medicine at Forum Health, and prior to that he was director of youth services at Tod Children’s Hospital in Youngstown. Schaffner brings a total of 37 years of experience in professional child care to his position.


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