By RYAN DUNN
Hancock County’s drug abuse task force on Thursday outlined plans for a residential treatment center on Crystal Avenue.
Members of the group, part of the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board, said the center would offer vital support for patients.
The building would house a dozen beds and be staffed all day, said Executive Director Precia Stuby.
Stuby said she hopes the property purchase can be finalized within about a month. Treatment could be provided this year, she said.
Members also discussed a proposal to require electronic prescriptions of controlled substances.
This change would provide useful information and complement the state database of filled prescriptions, said John Stanovich, assistant dean of pharmacy at the University of Findlay.
It could provide “feedback to physicians so they change their prescribing habits,” Stanovich said.
The regulation would require technology changes and approval from the State Medical Board of Ohio, Stanovich said.
The task force is also planning a medication collection event for April, said member Randy Greeno.
Officials remove about 30 pounds of medication every two weeks from public disposals at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Findlay Police Department, Greeno said.
“People are starting to use them quite a bit,” he said.
Separately, the task force awarded a media campaign contract to Modo Media of Lima.
The agency’s pitch included a website of positive “selfie” photographs, said Zachary Thomas, director of wellness and education at the board.
Thomas credited the group with showing enthusiasm and audience connection.
“A couple of young guys are running this company, so they fit into our demographic,” Thomas said.
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