SSU to hold panel discussion on local programs addressing opioid addiction

Staff Report

Shawnee State University’s Counseling & Health Services (CHS) will be hosting a panel discussion on local programs addressing the opioid addiction at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Flohr Lecture Hall of the Clark Memorial Library.

CHS has partnered with the Scioto County Medical Society for the event and will be co-presenting the Local Progress on Addiction Program Panel.

The event will be led by Darren C. Adams, DO, Scioto County Coroner, and the panel will consist of community professionals including, Judge Alan Lemons, Scioto County Juvenile Court; Michael E. Martin, MD, Scioto County Health Commissioner; Lisa Roberts, RN, Portsmouth City Health Department, and Teresa Ruby, RN, Southern Ohio Medical Center Maternity.

The agenda consists of discussions of the opioid addiction and death rate in Scioto County, a list of all programs available in Scioto County, highlights of steps to decrease re-occurring opioid overdoses, and medical assisted treatments.

“When Grace Martin (Scioto County Medical Society) wanted to collaborate with SSU to bring more awareness to the addiction issues surrounding our community, I was more than willing to work with her to raise awareness on this topic,” said Anna Settle, M.Ed, LICDC, LPC and AOD Counselor at SSU. “The timing was definitely perfect with October being National Substance Abuse Prevention Month so we hope to educate the attendees of all the resources available and what continues to be done in the community to help reduce addiction and death rates associated with addiction.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the guest speakers will be available for questions until 7:30 p.m.

The Addictions Panel is part of CHS’s efforts to raise awareness as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

For more information about the event, please contact Settle at, or contact Grace martin at

Staff Report