COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Billboards are going up Monday in 15 counties in Ohio urging friends and relatives of drug users to know the signs of an overdose.
The public service messages are sponsored by the Ohio Health Department.
The campaign urges anyone close to those who are addicted to drugs to get an overdose antidote, such as naloxone, which will reverse a heroin or opiate overdose.
The state is launching the billboards in tandem with a radio and social media campaign in counties hit hard by overdose deaths. A website was also launched with information on how to detect an overdose. Project Dawn locations, where naloxone can be obtained for free, are listed as well a list of pharmacies where naloxone can be purchased.
The closest counties to the Mahoning Valley where the billboards are going up are Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga.