Opioid overdoses have been a problem facing our county and northeast Ohio.
Two local business owners want to use their Canton-area restaurants to help put vital resources into the hands of those in need.
Tom and Trey Locke franchisees, of Tomtreyco Inc., own and operate 15 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Stark County. The father/son duo is partnering with Canton City Public Health to hold seven pop-up naloxone dispensing events at their restaurants in September and October.
At these events, visitors can pick up free naloxone (a drug that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose) and information about other harm reduction resources. Trey Locke was quick to note that no purchase at McDonald’s is necessary.
Why is it important to Lockes and TomTreyco Inc.
The opioid crisis and the problem of overdose affect the Locke family.
“This issue has not only hit our community hard, it’s also hit our family hard,” said Trey Locke, 33, local owner/operator of McDonald’s. “We lost my sister-in-law, Nicole, to an overdose five years ago, and I immediately thought of her when I heard about the possibility of hosting these pop-up events on naloxone.
“I know we want to help save a life because we wish someone had helped save Nicole’s life. Addiction recovery takes a holistic approach and we are happy to play a part. »
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The partnership with Canton City Public Health for these events actually started with Stark Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR). After meeting with StarkMHAR for other projects, the Lockes told the organization to keep them in mind for any future events.
“What can we do to help?” Trey Locke remembers asking StarkMHAR. “And they approached us to let us know what Canton City Public Health was doing. They helped us get in touch with them. And we worked with them…”
Addressing the opioid epidemic has been a public health priority for the city of Guangzhou. Organizing naloxone distribution events is one way to help the community directly.
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StarkMHAR has sponsored several NaloxBoxes placed in the community, including many McDonald’s restaurants owned by the Locke family. The boxes have clear administration instructions. Naloxone is safe and simple to use, so any member of the community who is willing to respond can help save a life.
Canton City Public Health is pleased to partner with the Lockes.
“This issue affects all communities across the United States, including ours here in Canton, and we want to do everything we can to help combat this issue and prevent families from losing more loved ones,” said Michelle Streetman, coordinator of the overdose prevention program in Canton. Municipal public health.
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“Having local business owners like the Locke family step up to help organize these naloxone distribution events goes a long way to making our community a safer place to live, work and play.”
Guangzhou City Public Health will be on hand with a booth inside or in the restaurant parking lot handing out free naloxone, as well as information about resources available here locally for those struggling with addiction.
Naloxone Contextual Event Details
All events will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• September 12, McDonald’s at 4025 Lincoln St. E, Canton Township
• September 19, McDonald’s at 2331 Faircrest St. SW, Canton Township
• September 26, McDonald’s at 3713 17th St. SW, Canton Township
• October 3, McDonald’s at 3251 Mahoning Road NE, Guangzhou
• October 10, McDonald’s at 3109 Cleveland Ave. SW, Guangzhou
• October 17, McDonald’s at 3101 Cleveland Ave. NW, Guangzhou
• October 24, McDonald’s at 5554 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Township
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