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County Executive Ilene Shapiro declares a State of Emergency over the opioid crisis in Summit County

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 16:40:52-04

County Executive Ilene Shapiro announced a State of Emergency in Summit County over the opioid crisis on Wednesday.

Shapiro signed a proclamation outlining specific requests of the State and Federal Government for additional funds, should they become available to help fight this epidemic.

"I am confident that if and when funds are accessible, Summit County will move to the front of the line, not just because of our need, but due to our careful planning and preparedness," Shapiro said.

Shapiro also says the County and cities within it should be pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates.

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"The misleading nature of how these medications were marketed to Summit County residents has caused so much devastation and it is time to say, 'no more in Summit County,'" Shapiro said.

Shapiro also announced a partnership that will help those in recovery or needing treatment. She says the County will donate 25 acres of what used to be the Edwin Shaw Hospital to Restore and Hope United. This will include a treatment facility for in-patient counseling, as well as a community center.