NWCRC presents a Panel on Opioid Addiction – What are we doing in our community?
The Northern Wood County Republican County will be hosting a Panel featuring Senator Theresa Gavarone, Sherriff Mark Wasylyshyn, Prosecutor Paul Dobson, Judge Mark Reddin and Judge Aram Matthew Ohanian. The event will be at Schaller Memorial Building, 130 West Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg on Monday April 22nd, 2019 starting at 6.30 p.m.
“It takes all of us working together to effectively prevent substance abuse and help people access and stay in treatment. Successful recovery requires our support. Our Community needs to end the stigma of addiction and join in partnership if we are to end the opiate epidemic in Wood County.” – ADAMHS Board.
Senator Gavarone will be speaking about several pieces of legislation that have been passed or are in progress that will create an environment for protection for those who are seeking help in fighting their addiction.
Senator Gavarone introduced HB 535 which increases the amount of data available for County ADAMHS Boards. The data mainly tracks the administration of naloxone. The data being gathered, like age, location of narcan administration, city the person being administered used and number of doses used will give our local and state partner a better picture of what is happening on the ground to ensure the available resources are being used as effectively as possible. The bill was signed into law as part of SB 119.
SB 55 is a reintroduction of HB 296 from last GA that nearly cleared the legislature. This bill enhances penalties for drug dealers who sell within the vicinity of a substance addiction services provider. People seeking treatment for their addiction are extremely vulnerable, so drug dealers target them at the facility, in the parking lot or even at the end of the block. This ensures that instead of getting clean, the addicted person will continue to be a loyal and valuable customer for the dealer. The bill was recently voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support.
Sherriff Wasylyshyn and Prosecutor Dobson will be speaking about the ARC program and how their offices are working to help those who are addicted and seeking assistance.
Municipal Court Judges Judge Mark Reddin and Judge Aram Ohanian will be speaking on what is coming through the municipal courts which is the first court that someone facing criminal charges will enter, and what options are available at the court level to assist those with addictions.
There will be a representative from the ADAMHS who will speak about programs and resources available throughout the county.
Please join us at the Schaller Memorial Building, 130 West Indiana Avenue next to the Fire Station on Monday April 22nd at 6.30 p.m. Please bring you questions and share the partnership to end opiate addiction in Wood County.