Overdoses from heroin and similar drugs have surged in Summit County, with authorities reporting 338 emergency calls for ODs from July 5 to Aug. 4 in Akron alone. The increase has prompted more than concern: It has inspired a grass-roots effort to combat this scourge. In this series, the Beacon Journal will focus on the problem as well as the search for solutions.

About the series ...

Sunday: One family’s heroin story.

Monday: A look at local treatment options.

Tuesday: Recovering addicts recount first heroin high.

Wednesday: National, local solutions explored.

Thursday: International Overdose Awareness Day event coverage.

Read previous stories at Ohio.com/heroin.