Combating Drug Epidemic Meeting at BCHD

Approximately 35 people attended a meeting Sunday afternoon at the Bond County Health Department to talk about illegal drug usage in Bond County and how to fight it.

This was the second session in as many months.

Chris Harnetiaux of Greenville spoke about the local organization he is associated with, known, as Lost and Found. He explained it is a ministry that also attempts to assist those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Harnetiaux said the addict cannot be helped unless he or she wants it.

Also speaking were Duane Lawder from sober for life, which raises money to help addicts get a clean start after treatment, and Nancy Grotts, formerly from Bond County and a retired nurse, who reminded everyone that babies are the forgotten victims of mothers who use illegal drugs during their pregnancy.

Several in attendance asked what law enforcement is doing about drugs in Greenville and Bond County.
Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner was in attendance. He believes the public meetings have been beneficial in providing information. He also noted that discussions by the city council in recent months led to a commitment.

The Bond County Sheriff’s Department has a K-9 unit to search for illegal drugs.
The next public meeting is set for Sunday, July 1 at 4 p.m. in the health department meeting room. At that time, the movie, “The Heroin Project, which was made in Madison County, will be shown.

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