State Impact: Prevention in Action Across Ohio

Start Talking! Local Responses

School District MapGenoa Area High School Ross County Start Talking! Grandview Drug Prevention Program Marysville Local Schools Chardon School District Portage County Loveland School District South-Western City


1. Loveland School District

This district created the Loveland Drug Task Force which sponsored several events for parents and community members last school year. During the events Start Talking! resources were shared with parents and they were signed up for Know! Tips.

2. Chardon School District

Chardon has a very strong youth-led drug prevention program and the district hosts drug prevention programs for parents. Every summer the students host a community picnic to raise money for their local drug prevention organization. They share Start Talking! information during the events and typically invite the initiative to speak about prevention.

3. Marysville Local Schools

Working with community organizations, the Marysville School District shares the Start Talking! message during sporting events, engages student leaders, and encourages parents to have conversations with their children about the importance of being drug-free.  School board agendas now include an update from the safety and drug committee. District efforts earned them an Innovation in Education Award from Gov. Kasich in January 2017.

4. Start Talking! Grandview Drug Prevention Coalition

Start Talking Grandview is a community coalition working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in their community. The coalition represents a broad spectrum of community members including city government, school district, businesses, churches, healthcare entities, and substance abuse intervention services.

5. Ross County

As many as 1,500 young people marched to the steps at the Ross County Courthouse in 2016, chanting “We are drug free!”  The youth rally was part of a Drug Free Clubs of America program initiated in seven public high schools and the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. Support for the program includes donations from businesses and philanthropic organizations

6. Genoa Area High School

Five students from Genoa Area High School in Ottawa County were recognized today by representatives from Prevention Action Alliance, Start Talking! and Verizon for submitting the winning video in the Start Recording/Start Talking statewide video contest.

Click here to view the first place winner's video from the 2017 video contest.

7.Portage County

Start Talking! Portage, is a community partnership working to end substance abuse by providing education, resources, and prevention tools in order to promote healthy lifestyles. The partnership encompasses community members, including  local governments, the school districts, businesses, churches, healthcare entities and substance abuse intervention services.


8. South-Western City

Start Talking South-Western City is a nonprofit organization located in Grove City, Ohio.  The goal of the organization is to share information on how people of all ages can be part of the solution to alcohol, tobacco and other drug addictions.