GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Citizens for Prevention and Recovery coalition gathered in the Holzer Medical Center French 500 room Monday to discuss the nearing completion of a video meant to detail the efforts against heroin abuse in Gallia County, as well as gearing for a March 28 event to feature area substance recovery and treatment efforts.
Video was shot by Solid Rock Studios in the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, O.O. McIntyre park, Holzer Medical Center and the Field of Hope Community Campus with area nonprofits, leaders and more learning to turn back the drug epidemic in Gallia County. The video is likely to be shown at the March 28 event hosted at Bossard Memorial Library and a teaser is anticipated to be released online.
“Local Help for Local Folks” in late March invites the public to witness an expert panel of individuals from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, local school administration, Gallia’s business community, as well as the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services and more. The panel will discuss the current trends of treatment, law enforcement and efforts to prevent drug abuse. The event is free an open to the public with refreshments to be served along with food. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. with programming to begin at 6 p.m.
Stories from family members and individuals who’ve recovered from substance abuse are anticipated to tell their tale to encourage others to step forward and seek help.
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.
Members of the meeting intend to bring Operation Street Smart back to Gallia County later in the year, if able, as last year’s visit by the program was met with a full house.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office website, “The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office created Operation Street Smart in July 2002 as a way to take community oriented policing to a new level. Street Smart is a collaborative effort between D.A.R.E. and the Special Investigations Unit, which is the sheriff’s office undercover narcotics branch. The goal of Street Smart is to provide current and up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects to those individuals who deal with today’s youth on a daily basis.”
Dean Wright can be reachd at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.e