Community Conversation slated for Nov. 2

Staff report

The Shelby County Liberty Group is partnering with the Shelby County United Way Drug Task Force in the hopes that the group can make a positive effect on the drug problem in Shelby County. A Community Conversation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 217, 1265 North Fourth Ave.

This is the second meeting the task force has hosted in Sidney.

“We had a great turnout for the first Community Conversation. With over 100 people in attendance we had an informative and interactive discussion on the drug crisis in our community,” said Margo O’Leary, a task force member. “We have an obligation to raise awareness and educate people on issues that affect our community. Our hope is these community conversations gives us all a better understanding of the problems and how we can come together to slow and maybe even turn the tide.”

Community leaders, government agencies, law enforcement and healthcare experts will present information on the alarming impact drug abuse is having in our communities. Panelists will include Sidney Police Department Chief Will Balling, Ron Kovacs Jr. from the Shelby County Counseling Center, Shelby County Coroner Dr. A. David McDonald, Dr. Stephen Roberts representing Wilson Health Emergency Department, Tom Bey of Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services, Cameron Haller of the Sidney Fire Department and Steven Tostrick of the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department. Scott Barr of the Shelby County United Way will serve as moderator. Panelist will address how they are working together to address the challenge of drug abuse.

Anyone interested in attending this Shelby County Drug Task Force Opioid Town Hall is encouraged to attend and join the conversation concerning drugs in Shelby County, their impact on all, and how the county leaders are meeting the challenge, as well as what lies ahead.

The event is free and open to the public.

Staff report