Fellow citizens, as you well know, our region became the epicenter of the opioid epidemic approximately 2 decades ago. Big Pharma targeted our region with an influx of medications under the guise of non-addictive healthcare and pain management. Local pharmacists and physicians were targeted in this strategy, and our families and neighborhoods were changed almost instantly. In a matter of years, our declining employment opportunities reached levels of despair. Neighborhoods were left in disrepair, and our loved ones throughout southcentral Ohio witnessed the deaths
These other areas focus not only on the person's addiction, but also on access and assistance with addressing primary care needs, preventative care, mental health counseling, and introduction to other community resources.
It is my pleasure to represent what is one of the most comprehensive, long-standing, non-profit behavioral health agencies in the state of Ohio and I am excited to share our agency’s perspectives and some pertinent data with all of you this morning.
It’s the assumption that treatment agencies owe Portsmouth. And this completely disregards and minimizes the positive things treatment centers bring to this community; what the recovery community brings to Portsmouth.