Levy Will Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

by Erika Brooks on October 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

Due to the growth of prescription drug addiction, community involvement is needed to slow down the rising epidemic.

Muskingum County Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carell spoke to the Noon Rotary Club on Tuesday about bringing attention to the county’s painkiller addiction.

"For Muskingum County, we’re still well above the state average in prescribed opiates so even though the state is seeing some decrease, we’re not seeing a significant decrease here," said Carell.

Carrel hopes this news will help their renewal levy pass. The one-year, ten-mill measure provides the foundation for Muskingum Behavioral Health Services.

"It helps provide treatment for people who can’t afford treatment, it helps provide prevention programs in our schools. It’s vital to the operations of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Thompkins Child and Adolescent Services and Six County," said Carell.

If the Levy does not pass, they will try again, but Carrel hopes that voters see the value of what Muskingum Behavioral Health provides for the community and approve the Levy next month.