Prosecutor Offers Community Treatment, Resource Awareness Day

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The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office is hoping to help people in the community with drug addictions before they become a court case.

Athens Prosecuting Attny LogoStarting Saturday morning, the office’s Community Justice Division will be offering clinics for treatment, including Vivitrol shots at various locations throughout Athens County.

Vivitrol is a drug that is used to help prevent relapse in those suffering from opioid dependence, and is used by drug rehabilitation centers like Health Recovery Services in Athens. The prosecutor’s office has a Vivitrol Program that is conducted in partnership with Health Recovery Services and other local agencies.

The program featured during the clinics on Jan. 2, called “Fresh Start,” seeks to help those suffering from heroin and opioid addiction, according to a news release by the prosecutor’s office.

“The program is designed to address the needs of our citizens who are dealing with addiction, which is the leading cause of felonious activity in Athens County,” the release stated. “Reducing the number of drug users will work to reduce the amount of crime.”

Clinics are being held at The Plains Library from 10 a.m. to noon, Nelsonville-York High School from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Trimble High School from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.