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2012 Opiate Conference

The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan:
Impact and Interventions

September 28, 2012
Embassy Suites, Independence, Ohio



The County Opiate Task Force conference planning committee wishes to thank the audience of over 200 attendees for their willingness to share information, to engage in productive dialogue, and to become involved in planning for future intiatives.  To see such a collection of professionals dedicated to fighting opiate addiction together in one room was most impressive.  Thank you all again for making the conference a success.

Our keynote speakers, Orman Hall, Director of Ohio Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services, and Dr. Ted Parran of Case Western University Treatment and Prevention, both provided expert presentations on substance abuse, addiction, treatment and the urgency that is required to reduce the scale of this growing epidemic.

We also had the privilege of hosting Aaron Haslam, Ohio Attorney General’s Co-Coordinator Special Prosecutor Prescription Drug Cases, address Statewide Initiatives coordinated through the Attorney General’s Office.

Below you will find brief biographies of our speakers as well as links to presentations and materials covered at the conference. If you need more information, please contact Vince Caraffi of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health via e-mail at or by phone at 216-201-2000 extension 1209.

Orman Hall – Governor John R. Kasich appointed Orman Hall as Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) on Jan. 10, 2011.  Mr. Hall  has more than 20 years of experience in the management, planning, monitoring and evaluation of public mental health and substance abuse services, and is widely regarded for his work around opiate addiction and prescription drug abuse.

Prior to joining ODADAS, Director Hall served as executive director of the Fairfield County ADAMHS Board since 1989. He also served as Chairman of the Fairfield County Opiate Task Force. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Science Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, both from Marshall University.

Dr. Ted Parran – Dr. Parran is an expert on substance abuse, addiction, and treatment.  He established the Addiction Fellowships at CWRU School of Medicine and teaches in the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program.  He is certified by the American Society on Addiction Medicine and his group practice provides medical directorship services to several Substance Abuse Treatment Programs and consultation services in Cleveland, including: St. Vincent Charity’s Rosary Hall, the Cleveland Treatment Center, the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light, and Windsor-Laurelwood Center for Behavioral Health and Glenbeigh Treatment Center.

Aaron Haslam – In February 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recruited Aaron Haslam to lead his initiative against prescription drug abuse in Ohio. Mr. Haslam was the Adams County Prosecutor at the time, which was in the heart of the prescription drug epidemic. Mr. Haslam had enjoyed great success in prosecuting criminal cases involving prescription drugs and also led and participated in many community initiatives to help combat the prescription drug epidemic in Adams County.

In his role for Ohio Attorney General DeWine, Mr. Haslam is prosecuting criminal cases directly related to prescription drug abuse and diversion in state courts throughout Ohio. As part of a collaborative effort between Ohio Attorney General DeWine and US Attorneys Steve Dettelbach and Carter Stewart, Mr. Haslam was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio to assist the United States in prosecuting criminal cases involving prescription drug abuse and diversion in federal courts throughout Ohio.


Little Pill Big Problem: Ohio’s Opiate Story
Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic
Prevention & Treatment Implications
Trends in Heroin Mortality


A Community-Based Approach to the Epidemic
Opioid Outreach & Community Education


Ohio’s Automated Rx Reporting System


Ohio Opiate Trends
Pain of Aging – Prevention for Older Adults


Creating Intentional Collegiate Recovery Committees
Parking the Ambulance at the Top of the Cliff


Action Plans & Outcomes
Brain Power – The National Institute of Drug Abuse
Brain Power K-12 Concept Overview
In the Classroom
Drug Awareness & Prevention Inc.
Social Advocates for Youth


Little Pill Big Problem – Orman Hall

Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic – Aaron Haslam

Prevention & Treatment Implications – Dr. Ted Parran

Trends in Heroin Mortality


Learn more about Prescription Drug Overdoses here