To the editor,

As we continue to face an opioid issue in our community and in communities throughout Ohio, I want to take a moment to highlight the good work that is being done by individuals on the front lines of this fight.

With the message of “Bringing Help, Bringing Hope. Thank You.” this week, across Ohio, communities are recognizing front line workers who are fighting the opiate epidemic, and helping individuals recover. Additionally, counties will soon be launching local County Hubs to Combat Opiate Addiction as called for in the last biennial budget. These Hubs will help to expand and strengthen the local effort in eradicating Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

Through our continued community efforts and building on the strengths of our existing partnerships, we will utilize our County Hub to reinforce county and community efforts to prevent and treat addiction, including opioids; educate youth and adults about opiates and other addictions and recovery; and encourage community engagement in efforts to address this present opioid epidemic.

The Tri County ADAMHS Board would like to express our appreciation for all individuals, families, and professionals on the front lines of this fight in our community and throughout the state. With the “Bringing Help, Bringing Hope. Thank You.” message, we’re expressing our thanks and our gratitude to the countless number of individuals who spend their days working tirelessly, in an often thankless role, to help save lives. In addition, these individuals help those that they serve engage in treatment and achieve recovery, support children and families impacted by this disease, promote prevention activities, and build strong, resilient communities.

We would like to recognize the first responders including local law enforcement, probation officers, treatment professionals, faith-based support initiatives, emergency department professionals, E.M.5., kinship providers and family support groups who address addiction on a daily basis.

Every sector of society is impacted by addiction and it’s going to take every part of every community to develop a solution to this problem.

Keith Turvy

Executive Director