Prescription opioids & heroin

More than ever, our community is aware of the dangers of heroin and opiate addiction. However, prescription drugs are still readily available and used by young adults in Stark County. A person may be prescribed opioids to support their recovery, and then unwillingly become addicted. When these individuals are refused additional prescriptions, heroin is often the go-to because it is easily accessible. If you or someone you know is struggling with heroin or opiate use, find local detox, treatment and recovery programs.

Signs of opiate addiction

People who are under the influence of prescription opioids or heroin may display the following symptoms:

  • Borrows or steals money for drugs
  • Confusion and trouble concentrating
  • Constricted pupils
  • Euphoria and noticeable elation
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Headaches, nausea and vomiting
  • Increased body temperature and sweating
  • Irregular bowl movements
  • Noticeable drowsiness
  • Pill bottles frequently found in trash
  • Seeks multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors
  • Slowed breathing and loss of consciousness
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Unpredictable behavior and mood swings
  • Withdraws from friends and family


Types of opioids

Opiates and opioids are similar, highly addictive drugs. Opiates, including heroin, morphine and codeine are made from the opium poppy plant. Opioids is a broader term that includes opiates and synthetic opioids such as prescription painkillers.

Many different drugs are considered opioids, including:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone


Where to get an opiate overdose kit

Alliance City Health Department

Collaborates with public health partners to protect Alliance residents.
537 East Market St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-7373, ext. 13
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Alliance Community Hospital

Health care facility dedicated to improving the health of Alliance residents and surrounding communities.
200 East State St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-8503

BrightView Canton Addiction Treatment Center

This comprehensive addiction treatment center provides outpatient treatment to patients struggling with drug abuse or alcohol addiction.
3545 Lincoln Way E.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (833) 510-HELP
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Coleman Crisis Services

2421 13th Street NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 452-6000
Hours: 7 Days a week, 24 hours

CommQuest Services

Strengthening families through mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
625 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CommQuest Services: Canton

Medication-assisted recovery clinic offering methadone and Suboxone as well as outpatient counseling and drug testing.
1341 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: (330) 453-8252
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CommQuest Services: Cleveland Ave.

  • Strengthening families through gambling addiction treatment and recovery services.
625 Cleveland Ave.
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
Fax: (330) 455-2101

Community Drop In Center

Walk-in service for NARCAN kits every Thursday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm in partnership with Canton Public Health.
1492 Cherry Ave. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Hours: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Emmanuel Tabernacle Family Worship

Walk-in service for NARCAN kits every Wednesday from  11:00 am  - 1:00 pm, in partnership with Canton Public Health.
340 Belden Ave. NE
Canton, OH 44704
Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Family Empowerment Ministries

Classes on critical health topics for women who are pregnant or guardians of children under 12 months old.
1150 East State St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 913-7007
Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mount Zion Church of God in Christ

Walk-in service for NARCAN kits every Tuesday from  5:00 - 7:00 pm in partnership with Canton Public Health.
1208 Sherrick Rd. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Massillon Recovery Campus

Medication-assisted recovery, addiction & mental health counseling, driver intervention services & drug screenings
1660 Nave Rd. SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 837-9411
Hours: Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Stark County Health Department (Naloxone kits)

Naloxone kits at the Stark County Health Department are available by appointment. If interested, please call (330) 451-1678.

Phone: (330) 451-1678
Helpful links

Community & Family Resources

Collection of helpful heroin and opiate support resources.

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

Advocating for education and awareness to help influence public policies and strengthen Ohio communities.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

Information about prevention, treatment and recovery resources in Ohio.

Opiate Toolkit

Resources for students, educators and parents as they work to address our area’s increasing opiate epidemic.

Project Dawn

Stark County Health Department offers naloxone kits via Project Dawn.

Stark Heroin Epidemic

Learn where to go and what to do if you or a loved is suffering from heroin or prescription opiate use.