February 24, 2014

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center addiction specialist featured in project about heroin epidemic

Dr. Ted Parran, associate medical director at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Rosary Hall, is featured as an expert in addiction medicine in a new public service project on the heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County.

Dr. Parran appears in a video discussing the addictive nature of heroin and the importance of getting help to treat addiction. He also appears in a 30 second public service announcement that will run on local Cleveland television. The videos are part of a new website, www.letsfaceheroin.com, that the Cuyahoga County Opiate Collaborative created to call attention to the deadly impact heroin addiction is having in Cuyahoga County. Rosary Hall, which is listed as a resource for treatment on the website’s homepage, is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center operated by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

The Cuyahoga County Opiate Collaborative is an initiative of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to address the heroin and opiate epidemic in the county. The collaborative unites government agencies, local nonprofit organizations, health systems, law enforcement agencies, news agencies and treatment centers through an Opiate Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to reduce the impact of heroin and opiate addiction in the region. Today, heroin-related deaths in Cuyahoga County exceed deaths by homicide and motor vehicles. And, statistics indicate this trend will only increase.

For more information, visit www.letsfaceheroin.com.

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