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For Immediate Release


Jenny Camper

614 579 7948

Columbus, Ohio April 10, 2019 -- The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Ohio (RALI OH) will bring the RALI CARES educational trailer to a number of cities across Ohio, including Columbus, Marysville, Circleville, New Lexington, Zanesville, Ashland, Medina, Canton, Northfield, Toledo and Dayton.

Set up as a mock teenage bedroom, the trailer exhibit educates families about the possible warning signs of substance abuse. The Ohio tour kicked off in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse today, with state lawmakers and Capitol Square visitors invited to participate in the interactive experience. Created in partnership with Code 3, the program is a part of RALI OH’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

“This initiative will help highlight the importance of education and prevention in ending the opioid crisis in our state,” said Marcie Seidel, Executive Director for Prevention Action Alliance in Ohio, and a RALI Ohio partner group. “This is an important effort that will help Ohio families identify early warning signs of drug abuse and take action. I’m glad to join with my fellow elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders in this effort.”

During its first visit to Ohio, the RALI CARES tour will be making 12 stops across the state. County sheriffs’ offices and other local groups are helping to host at each stop. Code 3 experts will help guide attendees and be on hand to answer questions. The tour stops are:

  • April 10 Columbus, Ohio Statehouse Capitol Square, South Plaza (10:00am – 2:00pm)

  • April 11 Marysville, Union Co. Office Bldg., 940 London Ave. (3:00 – 7:00pm)

  • April 12 Circleville, Walmart, 1470 S. Court St. (2:00 – 7:00pm)

  • April 13 New Lexington, Kroger, 610 Carroll St. (10:00am – 2:00pm)

  • April 14 Zanesville, Walmart, 2850 Maysville Pike (10:00am – 3:00pm)

  • April 15 Ashland, Home Depot, 1060 Sugarbush Dr. (Noon – 5:00pm)

  • April 16 Medina, Medina Co. Sheriff’s Office, 555 Independence Dr. (1:00 – 6:00pm)

  • April 17 Canton, Canton South High School, 600 Faircrest St. SW (2:00 – 7:00pm)

  • April 18 Northfield, Target Plaza, 8282 Golden Link Blvd. (3:00 – 8:00pm)

  • April 23 Toledo, Toledo-Lucas County Health Dept., 635 N. Erie St. (Time TBA)

  • April 24 Dayton, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, 660 S. Main St. (10:00am – 2:00pm)

In addition to its efforts on public education, RALI OH has provided grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout Ohio that offer substance abuse prevention and educational programming, or provide community support in fighting the opioid epidemic. Grant funding has assisted children’s groups, veterans’ organizations and statewide as well as local community initiatives.

The RALI OH website,, serves as the hub of information about the organization’s efforts. The alliance aims to bring together leaders to mobilize stakeholders, highlight programs that save lives, partner with policymakers and share ideas to effectively address the crisis.

About RALI Ohio

RALI Ohio is an alliance of more than a dozen local, state, and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in Ohio. Partners include:

  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio

  • Addiction Policy Forum

  • Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

  • Cover2 Resources

  • Hope United

  • National Black Nurses Association

  • National Grange

  • National Sheriffs’ Association

  • Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

  • Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

  • Ohio Association of Community Health Centers

  • Ohio Children’s Alliance

  • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

  • Ohio National Guard Association

  • Ohio Pharmacists Association

  • Ohio State Grange

  • ‘One is Too Many’ AMVETS, Department of Ohio program

  • Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition

  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

  • Prevention Action Alliance

  • Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio

  • Summit County Community Partnership

  • Veterans Against Drugs

  • Veterans Health Council

  • Vietnam Veterans of America

  • VFW of Ohio

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