INSPIRING HOPE IN CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO

An opioid epidemic has shattered families and frayed the fabric of our community on an unprecedented scale. Clermont County has been named as one of 11 “hot spots” for opioid misuse in Ohio and averages at least one opiate overdose death a week. Heroin overdose deaths more than doubled in the county between 2009 and 2013 and from 2000 to 2010, drug overdose deaths in Clermont County increased by 2,350 percent.

The mission of the Clermont County Opiate Task Force is to minimize opiate misuse, distribution, addiction, overdose and deaths. Through collaboration between community organizations, government officials, professionals and concerned citizens, we can make an impact on this pressing public health and public safety issue addressing the four key focus areas:

  1. Increasing the availability of treatment and recovery housing
  2. Preventing opioid abuse
  3. Reducing harm caused by the opioid epidemic
  4. Cutting the supply of heroin in Clermont County

Clermont County Opiate Task Force partners include:

  • Melissa Bartos, The Ridge
  • Mary Lynn Birck, Assistant Prosecutor, Clermont County
  • Beth Bullock, Founder, Brave Choices
  • Sean Blyth, St Al’s Orphanage
  • Melissa Cole, Prevention Specialist, Clermont Recovery Center
  • Karen Conrad, Board Member, Clermont Mental Health and  Recovery Board
  • Deborah Clepper, Clermont County Recorder
  • Chris Clingman, Director, Clermont Park District
  • Tim Dick, Assistant Deputy, Clermont Children’s Protective Services
  • Donna Dowdney, member, SOLACE
  • Joe Ellison, Chief Probation Officer, Municipal Court
  • Robert Farrell, Superintendent, Milford Schools
  • Diane Flowers, Clermont Juvenile Court
  • Amy Foley, Director, Hope Community Center
  • Julie Frey, Chief Probation Officer, Common Pleas Court
  • Chief Scott Gaviglia , Union Township Police
  • Paula Gibson, YWCA Cincinnati
  • Steve Goldsberry, Vice President of Addictions, Clermont Recovery Center
  • Dr. Jill Gomez, Assistant Professor, UC Clermont
  • Jason Gloyd, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
  • Dr. Larry Graham, Chief Medical Director, Mercy Hospital
  • Deborah Hawkins, Clermont Coroner’s Office
  • Steve Haynes, Director, Clermont Public Defender’s Office
  • Margaret Jenkins, Director, OSU Extension Office
  • Rochelle Jones, Prevention Specialist, Clermont Recovery Center
  • Dr. Joe Khan, Physician, Mercy Clermont Emergency Department
  • Debbie Lange, Pharmacist, Walgreens
  • Chief Deputy Steve Leahy, Clermont Sheriff Office
  • Jackie Lindner, Director of Nursing, Clermont Public Health
  • Amanda List, Cincinnati Veteran’s Administration
  • Amanda Livesay, Coordinator, Clermont Family Dependency Treatment Court
  • Michelle Lydenberg, Prevention Coordinator, Clermont Public Health
  • Shirlene Martin, Founder, New Richmond River Rats
  • Rebecca Mashni, UC
  • Stacy Mathis, Director, Milford/Miami Township Drug Free
  • Judge Jerry McBride, Common Pleas Court
  • Cpt. Mike McConnell, Clermont Jail
  • Sue McKinley, Place Matters
  • Diana Moore, Consultant, National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
  • Vanessa Moore, Loss Prevention Director, Meijer
  • Kristy Mudd, member, SOLACE
  • Julianne Nesbit, Health Commissioner, Clermont Public Health
  • Marsha Oganowski, Member, League of Women Voters
  • Gregg Pieples, Addiction Services Director, Clermont Recovery Center
  • Dr. Joe Renusch, Emergency Room Director, Mercy Clermont Hospital
  • Thomas Rinner, Vice President of Human Resources, Health Source of Ohio
  • Betsy Rollins, member, SOLACE
  • Captain Jeff Sellars, Clermont Sheriff’s Office
  • Karen Scherra, Director, Clermont Mental Health and Recovery
  • Bill Stearns, Attorney
  • Jeff Uckotter, Field Representative for Rep. Brad Wenstrup
  • Commissioner David Uible, Clermont Board of County Commissioners
  • Matt VanSant, President, Clermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Lee Ann Watson, PhD, Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board
  • Jeff Weir, Clermont County Educational Service Center
  • Kathleen Williams, Communication Coordinator, Clermont County
  • Mary Wolff, Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont
  • Donna Young, member, SOLACE
  • Doug Young, Clermont Juvenile Probation

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