ABOUT THE PROJECT
The U.S. is facing a public health crisis related to opioid overdose deaths. In 2017, Ohio's overdose death rate was higher than the national rate. The rise in overdose deaths can be attributed to three distinct waves with the first wave caused by a rise in prescription opioid overdose deaths from 1999 to 2010. The second wave of overdose deaths was attributed to heroin from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013, we have transitioned into a third wave with a rise in synthetic opioid overdose deaths. Despite the changing sources of opioid overdose deaths, misuse of prescription opioids is still an important factor to address.
The 4-H Medicine Cabinet Display is a project of the 4-H Health Heroes group and was created after the group attended the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington D.C. in 2017. The portable display resembles a bathroom wall, which serves to attract and engage participants. The display can be part of events such as state and county fairs, health fairs, and other community events.