Task force is organizing local Drug/Alcohol Epidemic Project

Ozark County’s Drug/Alcohol Epidemic Project organizational committee met Thursday, Aug. 9, to discuss the community’s interest in continuing the project. Fourteen community leaders had responded to letters inviting them to serve on the task force. Group spokesperson Mary Ketchum said participants include pastors, the prosecutor, a defense attorney, drug court representative, school superintendents, a Ministerial Alliance member, professional counselor, a drug/alcohol recovery person, the Ozark County Health Department administrator, an Ozark County commissioner, a crisis therapist and a pharmacist.

It’s “looking very promising that we can get help for those effected by this problem and their families,” she said. The task force member list and other information will be presented to the Ministerial Alliance at its September meeting, and it’s hoped that the task force can have its first meeting in late September, she said.

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