YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office is speaking out on overdose awareness.
Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said it’s an issue that demands the Valley’s full attention and support.
“This is truly an epidemic. It’s a problem,” he said. “As far as law enforcement goes, it’s an uphill battle that sometimes we feel like we’re losing ground on, but we still try and stay on the cutting edge of the new task forces and new initiatives.”
In Youngstown, speakers, recovering addicts and recovery specialists spoke to a group of about 50 people at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the cities north side.
Their message echoed the ones we hear so often about how hard our Valley is being hit by the opioid epidemic.
“People often say, ‘Why don’t they get help?’ It’s just not that simple,” said Hopeanne Lovrinoff-Moran of OhioCAN Mahoning County. “We do not have enough help available for folks to go into detox and treatment.”
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign that works towards preventing overdose, reducing the stigma associated with it and providing support to families and loved ones of overdose victims.