The National Public Education Campaign “Let’s Talk” month emphasizes the importance of healthy communication between adults and youth regarding sex and sexual activity. Syntero’s “Healthy Bodies Healthy Futures” Program Coordinator, Kristin Torres, will present two educational opportunities for adult caregivers on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at our Mill Run location. The presentation will occur at 12pm and 6pm and will cover (1) engaging youth in healthy conversations about sex (2) supporting youth in making healthy and responsible decisions about sex and (3) STD/I updates. Please consider attending this valuable event.
PERC – Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices – will present a panel discussion on the physical and emotional aspects of youth activities and sports. The presentation will be moderated by Dr. Mike Patrick, host of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pedia Cast series and will include a clinical dietician, child and adolescent psychologist, a former high school trainer and a sports medicine physician. All are welcome. This event will take place at the Dublin Community Recreation Center’s Abbey Theatre on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 from 9:30-11:00am and 7:00-8:30pm. The program is free of charge and babysitting will be provided (fee for babysitting in the morning only). Syntero is proud to be an active member of PERC and provide valuable educational seminars in the community to help keep our children healthy and safe.
Syntero’s Coaching for College Success will be offering a fall book club for parents. The book to be discussed “College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It” has been heralded as ‘a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems’. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to read, learn, discuss and support each other and their college-bound children who may have difficult challenges with this important transition. Details can be found on the attached flier. For information, please contact Carla Lemon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more here.
The heroin epidemic is affecting communities all over the state of Ohio, including our community here in Dublin. Recently, on December 9, 2015 more than 200 people attended a Community Town Hall meeting at the Dublin Recreation Center to discuss this issue.
At the Town Hall, a father spoke of losing his 21-year-old son to a heroin overdose, one day after the young man got out of rehab. A mother told those gathered about her son, struggling with addiction. And a former addict shared his story of hitting rock bottom before finally starting the long road to recovery.
People who attended the town hall had a long list of questions for Dublin Police and the panel of experts at the meeting. How are police tracking where the drugs are coming from? What can parents do if they suspect drug use? What are we going to do differently to end this epidemic?
Not all of these questions have easy answers, but we do know one thing that we, as a community, can do differently – we are going to talk about the problem.
Because addiction fuels many of the property crimes in our City, heroin is affecting us all. A large number of thefts, thefts from vehicles and burglaries are directly tied to heroin abuse and addiction.
While property crimes are a major focus for the Dublin Police Department, the greater toll on communities is the human one – loved ones lost to overdose, or still alive but struggling with addiction to the point they are nearly unrecognizable to their friends and family.
For all these reasons, the heroin epidemic is a community problem, and it requires a community solution. You are part of that solution. We encourage you to report suspected drug abuse. In the event of an emergency, call 911. You can also report suspected drug activity by calling the non-emergency line at 614-889-1112, or by submitting an anonymous tip online at www.DublinOhioUSA.gov/contact-us/contact-the-police/.
For those of you directly affected by this epidemic, know there is help here in Dublin. The A.C.T. Coalition; PERC (Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices) and Syntero, Inc. are all valuable resources for families impacted by addiction. You can also always reach out to the Dublin Police Department for help.
The December town hall meeting was just the beginning of this community’s conversation on heroin abuse. We are going to keep talking about this for as long as it takes, and we encourage you to start talking, too – to your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. Chances are someone you know is affected by this epidemic.*
Heinz von Eckartsbeg is Chief of Police for the City of Dublin.
*City Scene Magazine/Dublin Life February-March 2016
A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch talked about the very real problem of teens and drub abuse in our community. The work of Dublin ACT (Adolescents and Community Together) and other community groups was featured as well as one family’s experiences. The message of that family and the community action groups: do not ignore the problem.
“Not talking about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” said the Upper Arlington mother and graphic designer. “There’s a tightrope you’re walking. Parents alone can’t resolve it. We’re all in this together.”