ADAMH hosts community discussion on opioid epidemic

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Dozens of individuals gathered on Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic that is sweeping through Ohio communities.

The event, “A Community Conversation for Families about Addiction,” was hosted by the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board.

“What we are doing is looking at different things that will help families who are struggling with addiction issues in their family,” said Rhonda Myers, the board’s executive director.

It featured discussions on several topics, focusing on the various recovery, financial and treatment resources that are available.

In attendance was Dick Porter, whose son, Jamie, died of an overdose nearly two years ago.

“I come to these meetings to get Narcan,” Porter said. “I keep one in my truck and one on my car, just in case I run into somebody like my Jamie, that if I catch them in an overdose, maybe I can save them.

Organizers of Thursday’s event did hand out Narcan kits, as well as drug disposal bags.

The Fairfield County ADAMH Board said another community conversation will happen soon.

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