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

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

Regional Center for Opiate Recovery (ReCOR)

Ambulatory detox facility and outpatient services certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
1660 Nave Rd. SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 837-9411
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.

Stark Heroin Epidemic

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