Melanie Blasko, Pres. & CEO
Phone: 440.255.0678
Fax: 440.255.6348
Alternate: John Keller, Chief Development Officer
Phone: 440.205.2671


International Overdose Awareness Day

Mentor, OH August 30, 2021: Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is proud to announce its participation in International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 by hosting information tables at its Mentor Office located at 9083 Mentor Avenue and it’s Chardon Office located at 209 Center Street from 3PM to 6PM.

Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use. It is also an opportunity to stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable.

2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. Over those 50 years, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers has saved countless lives. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ mission is “To promote lifelong recovery from addiction through education, prevention, and treatment regardless of ability to pay.” Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers has continued to offer the most effective alcohol and drug residential treatment in Lake and Geauga Counties ensuring no one is turned away even during a worldwide pandemic.

This year, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers will host information tables at it’s Mentor and Chardon Offices where members of the community are invited to come by and learn more about the life saving services provided by Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers including Grief and Family Support Groups and pick up a free Narcan kit.

According to the CDC, in 2019, there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in the United States. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 2/3 of those deaths.

North America continues to experience the highest drug-related mortality rate in the world, accounting for 1-in-4 drug-related deaths globally. Every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdoing on opioids.

“No family should ever have to go through the pain of losing a loved one because of overdose. We encourage members of the community with lived experience to stand in solidarity with the families who have been personally affected by overdose” said Melanie Blasko, president and CEO of Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers.

We know during these stressful and uncertain times that those struggling with addiction continue to need care. We are here for you and ready to help. For more information about our programs and services, or for general information, you can reach us at 440-255-0678 or

Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing continuous service to the community since 1971. Services at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible due to the generous support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of MHRS, and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.

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