Library to host heroin awareness week events


TROY — Miami County Recovery Council, Miami County Public Health, and Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services are teaming up to present the Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week on Sept. 18, 19, and 20, 2017.

The event will be hosted at the Troy-Miami County Public Library located at 419 W. Main St. in Troy, Ohio and programming will take place from 6-8 p.m. each night. Heroin and opioid addiction affects many people in many different ways. This three-night event will address a number of topics, attracting unique audiences on each night.

Monday, Sept. 18, is “Education and Prevention Night.” The featured speaker for the evening is Steve Justice, a local attorney and founder of the Miami County Heroin Coalition. A community panel discussion will follow that includes representatives from law enforcement, emergency medical services, and Miami County Public Health. The panel will address the issues and trends regarding heroin and opioid addiction in Miami County and provide insight on how different agencies are addressing the current public health crisis.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, is “Family and Friends Night.” Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell and members of Miami County Family of Addicts (FOA) will be the featured speakers for the evening. Miami County Public Health will also be on hand, providing Narcan training and distribution of free Project DAWN Narcan kits.*While supplies last.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, is “Recovery Treatment Services Night.” This night will include two panel discussions. The first panel will feature representatives of local philanthropic organizations and other community partners who are essential in helping to fight the heroin epidemic. The following panel discussion will consist of representatives from treatment services in Miami County including Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio and Miami County Recovery Council. These guests will provide an overview of locally available drug and alcohol treatment options.

The interactive room exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight” will also be featured on Monday, Sept. 18, and Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Troy-Miami County Library Community Room from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. thanks to Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services. This traveling exhibit room provides parents or adults with clues from a teen’s bedroom to help them determine whether their child might be experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol. Room décor, hidden compartments, and items to conceal use are located throughout the room.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Miami County Recovery Council Executive Director, Thom Grim at 937-335- 4543 ext. 143 or Outreach Specialist Amy Cost at 937-335-3873 ext. 108. For questions regarding the Narcan training, please contact Miami County Public Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator Jordan Phillips at 937-573-3548.