Continuing the fight against opiod addiction

Scioto County joins with nation in opioid fight

By Nikki Blankenship -

Scioto County continues to work with the state and nation in battling the opioid epidemic. Lisa Roberts with the Scioto County Health Department will be presenting at an opioid symposium on Monday, Nov. 27. Roberts will be joining other experts in the field including National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow, MD.

“This event will also feature Ohio MHAS Director Tracy Plouck and Congressman Brad Wenstrup, so it will be a learning opportunity about what Ohio and the nation plans to do as well as an opportunity to talk to our federal legislator about the opioid epidemic and what you feel needs to be done,” Roberts stated.

The title of the symposium is “Tackling the Ohio Opioid Crisis: Harnessing the Power of Scioto to Break the Cycle.” It will be held from 1-5 p.m., at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. The event is being sponsored by the UC and UC Health.

The event will include presentations from researchers and clinicians working in the field of drug addiction.

Roberts will be giving a talk titled “Innovative Models to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Scioto County.”

Scioto County was among the first to experience the opioid epidemic and thus has been battling the deadly epidemic longer than most.

The story of Scioto County’s battle with opioids is currently available for free download. Scioto Couny is featured in Dreamland, written by Sam Quinones, who acclaims that his book is “the true tale of America’s opiate epidemic.”

The book will be available for free download to all Portsmouth Public Library patrons until December 31.

Patrons must use their library card to download the book from For more information or assistance downloading the book, contact the Portsmouth Public Library at 740-354-5688.

Scioto County joins with nation in opioid fight

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.