March 25, 2016

Clermont County publishes Substance Abuse Recovery Guide

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 23, 2016) – The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board has published a Substance Abuse Recovery Guide for residents of the county.

The Recovery Guide is available on the websites of Clermont County Public Health and the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

The guide offers a comprehensive list of detox and treatment centers in Ohio and Kentucky; faith-based treatment organizations; Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as tips on overdose prevention and how to help loved ones with addiction.

The guide was published in response to the opiate and heroin epidemic that has worsened in Clermont County.  Dr. Brian Treon, Clermont County Coroner, reported that in 2014, 68 deaths were caused by drug overdoses, and of those, 36 were attributed to heroin. Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County, Mental Health and Recovery Board, explained the need for the Resource Guide.  “Our office receives multiple calls each day from people looking for treatment services for themselves or a loved one to deal with their heroin addiction,” she said, “and having a resource that they can easily access for use now and in the future is a major asset.”

The resource guide was developed by a nursing student at UC Clermont, Connie Shively, as her capstone project.

Clermont County Public Health and Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board have a QR code, available on business cards that will allow people access to the guide through their smart phones.

For paper copies of the guide, or the QR code card, contact Michelle Lydenberg, Injury Prevention Coordinator, at mlydenberg@clermontcountyohio.gov.