Drugs: A Public Health Crisis

by Courtney Wheaton on June 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

Behavioral health specialists are urging Ohio political candidates to show bipartisan support for efforts to fight the public health drug addiction crisis sweeping through our state.

According to CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health , Steve Carrel politicians are using drug addiction as a political platform instead of working together to find real solutions to the problem.

"It’s conservatives, liberals, democrats republican and the list goes on the bottom line is this is a public health crisis and it effects everyone in Ohio and America," said Carrel.

Carrel says funding and resources available for drug addiction are limited leaving many addicts without an option for treatment. He says his office offers out patient treatment but there are other ways to become drug free that are yet to be seen in Muskingum county.

"We don’t have detox, we don’t have recovery housing, we don’t have in patient residential treatment. The bottom line is that this isn’t a political issue this is a health care crisis, " said Carrel.

In Muskingum County alcohol, marijuana and heroin use are the most prevalent. In order to combat the use of these drugs and to improve the crisis in our area , Muskingum Behavioral Health has implemented the use of addiction counselors to help people stay on track to recovery.