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Substance abuse addressed at meeting

Four-member panel hosted by A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition regarding substance use, misuse, and abuse in the community.

Staff Report

The Johnson County A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition held its second Community A.C.T.I.O.N. Meeting on earlier this month at the First Christian Church Life Center.
With approximately 50 community members and staff present the four presenters for the evening, in a town hall-style meeting, provided much valuable information to area residents regarding substance use, misuse, and abuse in the community.
Members of the community in attendance questioned the four-member panel, that included Johnson County Sheriff, Eddie Tester, pharmacy owner, Sam Adams, State Representative Timothy Hill, and Frontier Health as a Pathfinder Coordinator for the State Opioid Response, Kevin Fisher.
“Each presentation eluded to the tremendous concerns our community has for these issues their effect on our youth and our community as a whole,” said A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition Executive Director, Trish Burchette.
First to address the audience was Johnson County Sheriff, Eddie Tester, who provided information regarding the methamphetamine issue that has been plaguing the community and what local law enforcement is actively doing to curtail this issue.
Local pharmacy owner, Sam Adams, also provided information regarding prescribing practices and laws, and changes that
are affecting the
community at this time concerning opioid prescribing and dispensing.
The event’s third presenter was State Representative Timothy Hill who, of course, spoke to the audience about what the state legislator is doing to help communities with the opioid crisis.
Hill was followed by Kevin Fisher who is employed by Frontier Health as a Pathfinder Coordinator for the State Opioid Response
grant at Overmountain Recovery, a medically assisted treatment facility. Fisher spoke about treatment options for communities suffering from substance use disorders.
Burchette emphasized that A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition is a non-profit anti-drug coalition funded through state and federal resources, working together to create a community free of substance use disorders.
“Our mission is to help Johnson County become free of substance use disorders,” she said, “to strengthen the economy, families, and community of Johnson County through the elimination of substance use, misuse, and abuse.
A.C.T.I.O.N. also works tirelessly to bring
together anti-drug stakeholders to create a healthy community by strengthening individual and community assets and eliminating the use, misuse, and abuse of drugs and alcohol, Burchette said.
The next Community A.C.T.I.O.N. meeting will be held in August.