You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Clark substance abuse group forms

New organization is a result of Community Health Assessment.

A substance abuse coalition is forming as a result of the Community Health Assessment from the Clark County Combined Health District.

“Several health issues were identified; substance abuse is one of them,” said Dr. Richard Marsh, Clark County coroner.

According to the assessment, 7.2 percent of respondents said that they have used drugs within the past 6 months. Marijuana was the only drug mentioned by the respondents.

Last year, there were 39 deaths due to drug overdoses in Clark County, according to Wendy Doolittle, chief executive officer at McKinnley Hall.

One of the goals for the new coalition is to educate the community about the harm of substance abuse and addiction.

The group will fight alongside law enforcement in order to stop substance abuse.

“Just because we shut down the supply doesn’t mean people aren’t taking drugs,” said Charles Patterson, health commissioner at the Clark County Combined Health District.

As the coalition forms, it will use 12 sectors of people with different occupations.

“It pulls together several folks in the community who work with the population,” said Doolittle.

One of the representatives they are looking for is a student council president from one of the high schools to fulfill the position of a youth representative.

To further examine substance abuse problems, there will be a Cedarville University research student assisting. The student will gather data from other counties and look at them in comparison with Clark County.

“It’s plaguing every area of our community,” said Doolittle.

The coalition will work closely with Children’s Services and Rocking Horse, as babies have tested positive for drugs when they are born.

According to the assessment, two women said that they have taken street drugs while they were pregnant.

“I’m looking forward to this group,” said Doolittle. “I really do hope we meet the goals we’re looking at.”

The coalition is new for Clark County; the only other local drug prevention group is the opiate task force.

Substance abuse is more than public and personal health, said Patterson. The economy is a factor, and the crime that occurs is also a problem because abusers steal from their friends, families and neighbors.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Alaska Airlines to host eclipse-chasing flight in August
Alaska Airlines to host eclipse-chasing flight in August

Alaska Airlines will be chasing the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in United States history since 1918. On August 21, a special charter flight for select astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers will allow passengers to see the eclipse from more than 35,000 feet above the earth. The flight will depart Portland at 7:30 a.m. and fly off the...
Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary
Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary

It is hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since the “The Boy Who Lived” first hit our bookshelves. The first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,”which is  known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S., was published June 26, 1997. The anniversary is...
Air show draws large crowds despite Thunderbirds crash
Air show draws large crowds despite Thunderbirds crash

The Vectren Dayton Air Show brought thousands of spectators through the gates over the weekend, despite the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act. Official said approximately 44,000 people attended the air show, down 30 percent. RELATED: Who are the two Thunderbirds in Friday’s Dayton Air Show crash? Military jet teams...
Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it
Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

Former first lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at Sunday night’s BET Awards and Twitter is still overflowing with feelings. “Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award, recognizing his activism...
$1M welfare fraud investigation ends in arrests, police say
$1M welfare fraud investigation ends in arrests, police say

A rabbi is among several people in New Jersey who were arrested Monday in raids by federal and state authorities in a multimillion-dollar welfare fraud investigation. >> Read more trending news Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and seven others are being charged, accused of taking public assistance and defrauding the government of $1.3 million over recent...
More Stories