On Wednesday, July 24, The Ohio State University Public Health Interest Group presented the event “Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio.” At the event, speakers discussed the book with the same title, a collection edited by Dan Skinner, PhD, and Berkeley Franz, PhD, consisting of true-life narratives, drawings, interviews and stories about the impact of opioid use in Ohio. Fifty-three contributors from 22 counties touched on the opioid epidemic by drawing on personal experience.
Published by the Ohio State Press, Opioids and Ohio has five sections - Establishing Place, Processing Loss, Making Sense, Devising Solutions and Challenging Assumptions.
At the event, editors of the book concluded that in enlisting first-person accounts to tell of the drug crisis, they can effectively relate to more people both statewide and nationwide, since Ohio is one of the many hotbeds of opioid use. They held a Q&A session at the end.
Since the time of the book’s publication, authors/scholars Skinner and Franz have partnered with libraries like the Columbus Metro Library, the Euclid Public Library and the Mentor Public Library, among many others, to create 15 facilitated community conversations online in an effort to reduce stigma, broaden horizons and to give a voice to the voiceless. Proceeds for this book will be donated to Stark Country Mental Health & Addiction Recovery.