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January 25, 2018 · OPINION

Town and county working to address opioid crisis

After denying a special use permit for the McShin Foundation to open a residential treatment program, the town council has joined the county supervisors in the search for a local solution.
By Brannon Godfrey
Warrenton Town Manager

On behalf of the town council, I want to assure our citizens that their town government is taking the need for a residential substance abuse treatment facility for its citizens very seriously.

Immediately after the vote on the McShin Foundation special use permit on Jan. 9, the council put actions to its words to collaborate with the county and other stakeholders on a solution. Council members clearly have the collective will to work toward an immediate solution.

Two members of the town council meet every quarter with two members of the board of supervisors to discuss shared projects, policies and concerns as the Town/County Liaison Committee. There was a regularly scheduled Town/County Liaison Committee meeting held on Monday, Jan. 22, and its agenda included this very subject.

Also, acting with a sense of urgency, the board of supervisors Public Safety Committee met on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and already began to formulate a working group on addiction recovery. The group includes county, town, courts, public safety agencies, administrators and social services providers. Collectively, they are charged with gathering data, researching best practices and interviewing stakeholders. The group has been tasked with reporting its findings and recommendations by March 8.

In summary, your town and county governments are working urgently together to find solutions to this health crisis. I am confident that this approach will be successful.
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BJ · February 8, 2018 at 10:43 am
Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment. So the addicts and their families are on their own unless the communities get involved. If you think it has nothing to do with you, then when your house is robbed, or someone in your family is killed by an addict, or someone that is an addict dies in your family, you have to live with the knowledge that you did NOTHING to help those in need.
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