CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drug overdoses took the lives of a record 3,050 Ohioans last year; more than one-third of those deaths are attributed the use of fentanyl, a potent yet often-toxic opiate often mixed with heroin. Statistics indicate that across Ohio in 2015, someone died from a drug overdose nearly every two hours and 52 minutes. The Canton, OH based International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) says "enough is enough."
Once drugs enter a geographic area, usage tends to grow rapidly. That growth paves the way for even more dangerous drugs to devastate lives. One such drug was recently discovered in Stark County; that drug is Carfentanile, an extremely potent elephant tranquilizer that is deadly to humans. This drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, the very same drug that has caused so many fatal overdoses in Stark County and throughout Ohio for the last several years.
As a result, IAITAM is stepping up it's efforts to fight the epidemic on a local scale. Recently, IAITAM presented a check to Lake Township Officer Donald Worthy for the purchase of a K-9 Officer's life-saving bullet-proof vest. IAITAM's efforts will ensure Worthy's canine – "K-9 Officer Bill" -- has the proper safety equipment to lessen the possibility of injury or death in the line of duty during his fight against the deadly epidemic.
IAITAM CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa said: "I have always been so impressed with how this community has always pulled together whether it is to support a fallen officer's family, a community member in need, or to support our local schools. Being able to support Officer Worthy and K-9 Officer Bill's development and training to assist in the fight on drugs in our community is such an honor for IAITAM."
For more information about IAITAM's efforts, go to http://iaitam.org/iaitam-news-release-iaitam-gives-back-lake-twp-ohio/.
To donate, please contact the Hartville, OH police department and ask for Officer Donald Worthy at (330) 877-2500 or contact on Facebook at K-9 for Hartville Police.
The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (IAITAM) is the professional association for individuals and organizations involved in any aspect of IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management (SAM), Hardware Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management, IT Asset Disposition and the lifecycle processes supporting IT Asset Management in organizations of every size and industry across the globe. IAITAM certifications are the only IT Asset Management certifications that are recognized worldwide. For more information, visit www.iaitam.org, or the IAITAM mobile app on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
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SOURCE The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (IAITAM), Canton, OH.