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UC Forum to Address Treatment Programs in Crisis

Date: March 7, 2002
By Dawn Fuller
Contact: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

President Bush has blamed illegal drugs for killing as many as 20,000 Americans each year. Use of club drugs such as Ecstasy is on the rise among teens. Tens of thousands of people in prison are serving time for crimes they said they committed to get money for drugs. Yet practitioners say cutbacks in treatment programs have reached the crisis stage.

Representatives of state and local government and the treatment community will be taking a hard look at the situation when they attend the forum, "Treatment in Crisis," 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 23, on the second level of French Hall, University of Cincinnati West Campus. The forum is free and open to the public. Counselors serving people in recovery are encouraged to attend.

Lawrence Anthony, director of the University of Cincinnati Addictions Studies program, explains that although funding is increasing in the war on drugs, it's not stretching into the treatment sector. Donna Conley, executive director for the Ohio Citizen's Advocacy Board, will be providing a presentation on where the funding goes.

Other speakers include Ohio Senator Mark Mallory; Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin; Dick Duvall, president of the Hamilton County Board of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services; Brian Patrick, WCPO; and the Rev. Damon Lynch III. There will also be a panel discussion with representatives of the Ohio Department of Drug and Addiction Services, Alcoholism Council, Hamilton County Drug Court, River City Correctional Facility, Crossroads, First Step, the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, Christ Hospital, Veterans Affairs and Talbert House.

The forum is sponsored by the UC College of Evening and Continuing Education Addictions Studies Program and by Faces & Voices of Recovery, a national advocacy campaign for addiction recovery, which is locally housed at Prospect House.

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