Crossroads Counseling Services organized a town hall meeting at Thoburn United Methodist Church in Saint Clairsville to educate people about signs and symptoms of heroin and other opioid addictions.
On the panel for the event were leaders from law enforcement as well as leaders from the addition treatment community. Throughout the meeting, speakers stressed community safety.
“Belmont County is trying to take control of its drug problem, and resulting crime problem. We are saving lives — preserving families and reducing crimes — while saving taxes by making a difference one case at a time,” said Judge Frank Fregiato.
Judge Fregiato stressed to those attending the town hall meeting that the Drug Court system does not coddle drug abusers. Instead, that system obtains help for addition while having people realize they must accept responsibility for their actions.