When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy hosted a listening session in Chillicothe last week, she heard about a local organization that battles drug addiction.
Previous Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson spoke about his effort as vice president of the "Hope Partnership Project." He describes it as a collaboration of recovery centers, medical doctors, city officials, and others, involved in the fight against substance abuse disorders - focusing on opiates. It's been active since 2009 and is headed by retired Ross County Coroner Dr. John Gabis.
Everson said it's good to have this project, but...it's in the wrong place. He says the Ross County Jail wrong place because a detox center needs to have medical assistance, including mental health support. And, he says the only way to get into the project is to get arrested.
He says the Hope Partnership is working on planning where they could to move to, and to get funding to improve their situation.
Kevin Coleman reports on local government and culture