Editor, The Courier:

As we continue to face an opioid issue of epidemic proportion 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.

Every sector of society is impacted by addiction and this epidemic and it’s going to take every part of every community to develop a solution to this problem. Locally, community members and professionals have come together to create coalitions to expand and strengthen the local effort in eradicating Ohio’s opioid epidemic. Through these community efforts and building on the strengths of our existing partnerships, we’ll continue to bring hope to our community and build the understanding that treatment works and people recover.

With the message of “Bringing Help, Bringing Hope. Thank You.”, communities across Ohio are expressing their appreciation for front line workers — EMS departments, sheriff and police departments, emergency rooms, children services, fire departments, treatment providers, courts and prosecutors, to name a few — who are fighting the opiate epidemic and helping individuals recover.

The Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board expresses our appreciation to all individuals, families and professionals on the front lines of this fight in our community and throughout the state.

Earl L. Cecil

Executive Director

Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board

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