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Opiates Addiction Subject Of Town Hall Meeting

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  Original Published: 7/18/2014

Opiate addiction is discussed during a Town Hall meeting Thursday in Mansfield, led by a panel of treatment, law enforcement, and criminal justice officials.

The group attended the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction last month in Columbus, to learn more about treatment options.

Richland County Common Pleas and Drug Court Judge Brent Robinson says the plan is to start medication-based treatment leading to the existing abstinance-based treatment.

Mental Health and Recovery Services Director Joe Trolian and Catalyst Life Services C.E.O. Veronica Groff say funding is available to help addicts cover the cost of testing and treatment.

The goal of Richland County Drug Court is to get people whose addictions led them to commit crime into treatment, because it's less expensive and more likely to make them productive citizens than just sending them to prison.

   
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