The United States is in the midst of one of the worst drug epidemics in history.
The rise of heroin related overdoses, crime and even death is causing great concern throughout the state of Ohio. Leaders from all sectors of the community, with the help of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, are coming together to try and combat this growing problem on our streets.
"What we’re wanting to do is start talking about what needs to be done about the drug problem, and it’s going to be brain-storming session so anything goes…from that, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will condense the list to categorize things," said Steve Carell, CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health.
Following the first session, the group will hold a follow-up meeting and is inviting the community. Carell said with the community’s help, they will put into action a strategic plan to raise awareness, with a goal to significantly reduce drug abuse.
"We’ve gotten ideas from community leaders, what can we as a community do about the drug problem, and it’s a large problem," Carell said. "Muskingum Behavioral Health cannot address it all, it’s going to take everyone in the community."
The first Drug Abuse Awareness Meeting is August 12, at 8:30 a.m. on the campus of OUZ.