Addiction is an illness

My name is Robin Barton.

I am the mother of a recovering addict. She is now over five years clean. Because of her/our journey through active addiction, I have become an advocate. I have spoken at the Ohio Statehouse before the Senate, House of Representatives and Criminal Justice System. President Obama quoted from a letter I wrote him when he signed CARA.

  • Written by Robin Barton, volunteer with the Community Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts InLoganCounty

NAMI, Recovery Zone: Become inspired, informed and involved

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National Alliance on Mental Illness observes Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illness and call on all Americans to be “Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved.”

  • Written by PETE FLOYD, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF LOGAN AND CHAMPAIGN COUNTIES

Domestic violence happens here

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is our goal at the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office to work toward providing services for both the victim and the offender, to help them heal, and to prevent the domestic violence cycle from continuing or escalating.

  • Written by LOGAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR ERIC C. STEWART and ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR ALICE ROBINSON-BOND

CureStigma focus on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

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  • Written by Pete Floyd, president of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Logan and Champaign Counties.

Governor must invest in children

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In reading the Sept. 20 article, “DeWine, Cordray trade attacks over opioids in pointed debated,” I was disappointed to see little attention paid to the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims — children of addicted parents — during the debate.

  • Written by Brandon Stanley, Chief of Police, Bellefontaine Past president, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (www.oacp.org) and member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids www.fightcrime.org