Editorial: Working on the problem

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Tri-State has a drug misuse problem — that is a well-established fact.

And many agree that attacking the problem requires a multi-pronged approach. That means involving law enforcement, courts and health agencies.

Often overlooked, but still important, are the families of those suffering from addiction, especially their children.

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To that end, Ohio University Southern has recently been the site of workshops and classes to help them.

For four weeks in May, OUS Workforce Success and Tri-State Family Connection collaborated to host the “Facing Substance Use Disorder-Workshop Series,” which brought in health officials, faith-based groups and public officials to help families of those with addiction understand how to help their loved one with enabling them.

On Wednesday, OUS Workforce Success had a training, called “Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children in Rural Appalachia.” The program was for those who work with the children of those addicted, such as school counselors, social workers, foster care workers and more.

Training people, from parents to those who directly help kids, is a good step forward in the battle against addiction. We commend all who get involved to help in any way they can.