Fayette County Agencies Working to Tear Down Misconceptions About Drug Addiction

OAK HILL– Several agencies across Fayette County met Thursday evening to address the opioid epidemic.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Health Department sponsored a showing of the Netflix documentary Heroin(e) followed by a round table discussion at Oak Hill High School Thursday evening. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about not only how bad the opioid epidemic is in our state, but also to show how alternative methods of treatment work.

Theresa Jordan is currently a part of drug court in Fayette County and says despite misconceptions, this program really works.

She says, “It’s been wonderful. I’ve been in the program almost a year. I’ll graduate on March 28. Tomorrow is actually my one year clear anniversary date. It was really, really hard at first. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but the further along into I have gotten the easier it’s been. It offers a lot of support. You get group therapy, individual therapy and a lot of support from the probation officer members on the treatment team.”

Sheriff Fridley says another one of these events will be held in the future, but no date has been set yet.

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