GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Citizens for Prevention and Recovery gathered at Holzer Medical Center Monday to discuss efforts tailored to combating the area’s drug and addiction epidemic, by producing a video as well as holding events to pull the public under the banner of drug awareness.
The coalition consists of area nonprofits such as God’s Hands at Work, the Field of Hope Community Campus, as well as behavioral health organizations such as Wing Haven, Health Recovery Services, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Gallipolis Neighborhood Watch, Holzer Health System, Gallipolis City Commission, the Gallia County Health Department and more.
The coalition’s Substance Abuse Awareness and Coalition Recruitment Event Programming Committee plans to hold a “Local Help for Local Folks” event at Bossard Memorial Library March 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event organizers hope to spotlight local drug addiction fighting resources.
A few months ago, the group which had a few but dedicated members has grown into an effort of roughly 10 organizations with multiple representatives.
One of the coalition’s prime tasks at this point is to spread the word of its mission and gather members to its cause. Coalition members Monday discussed the challenges of producing video content meant to inform the public of the dangers of drugs through social media campaigns and to be aired at local community events such as seminars. Group members debated the merits of focusing on area drug statistics as well as promoting personal testimony from individuals who had struggled with addiction in the past. Coalition members with experience in video production said a three-minute video could result in potentially 50 hours of work or more. While a video would be good for a social media campaign, it was more work than some may understand.
Coalition members originally discussed a 15-minute video but some members felt the length of the video would dissuade viewers on social media from watching it in its entirety. A three-minute video was proposed as a sort of trailer to the larger production.
The coalition’s next meeting will be Feb. 13 at noon in the French 500 room of Holzer Medical Center.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.