Lisa Roberts, RN, of the Scioto County Prescription Drug Action Team, while announcing a town hall event for Thursday, June 2, said the CBS Sunday Morning show will be in town and has offered to film the event for their segment on the Florida Pipeline to Appalachia.
Roberts said the meeting will be 6-8 p.m. at the Plumbers & Pipefitters gymnasium at 1236 Gallia St. in Portsmouth.
In addition to CBS Sunday Morning, special guest speakers will include State Reps. Dr. Terry Johnson and Danny Bubp, who will discuss the enactment and enforcement of House
Bill 93, the legislation
written by Johnson and Rep. David Burke.
Roberts said the purpose of the meeting is to educate, inform and update the public on the many actions taken to combat the problems being caused directly and indirectly by the epidemic of prescription pain medicine poisoning and its effect on addiction, abuse, and death and disease in southern Ohio.
Roberts said another purpose for the meeting is to focus the public on the future actions needed to eliminate prescription pain medicine abuse in the community; to discuss the short- and long-term consequences of the epidemic of prescription pain medicine addiction and poisonings in the community; and to discuss actions needed to prevent drug abuse in the community.
Roberts will be a speaker at the event. Other guest speakers are expected to include Scioto County Health Commissioner Dr. Aaron Adams; The Counseling Center Executive Director Ed Hughes; Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner; Jeff Rase, Guidance Counselor; Jo Anna Krohn of SOLACE; and Frank Thompson of Fix the Scioto County problem of Drug Abuse, Misuse & Overdose Facebook Site.