As the drug epidemic continues to grow across the Ohio Valley, a group met on Wednesday to examine the problem, and possibly come up with a way to combat it.
Much of the focus of the meeting was keeping young people away from drugs. “If you want to stop a problem before it happens, you’re going to have to get to the age of people who are first using,” said Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Project Director, Martha Polinsky. Senator Jeff Kessler also made an announcement at the meeting. He told the group a $625,000 grant is on the way to the coalition. The money will be used in a county-wide effort to help reduce substance abuse by holding community forums, drug take-back days, police and media campaigns and summer youth intern programs.
The coalition is pleased to receive the grant because it is difficult to get twice in a row. “It’s not usually granted over a five-year cycle the second time around so that’s a testament to the excellent work they’ve been doing,” Kessler said.
“The great thing about the coalition is it’s about bringing people together. No one agency, law enforcement, nobody independently is going to impact this problem, we have to work together,” Raymer added.
The coalition can be reached at 304-233-2045.