Anti-opiate task force looks ahead to April community update

Bartholomew County’s anti-opiate task force has set the date for its next report to the community.

This time, organizers hope to be unveiling the concrete steps the community is taking to fight the drug epidemic.

Jeff Jones, the executive lead of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County, says the meeting will be held at the Commons on April 25th, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the evening.

The group, sponsored by the city of Columbus, Bartholomew County and Columbus Regional Health, publicly launched in April of last year..

The group gave its first communitywide update in October. That meeting focused on the research the group has done identifying the scope of the problem and the resources the community is lacking to deal with the epidemic.

Jones says the upcoming meeting will have a different focus.

ASAP is working on several efforts including starting a drug court, finding a way to treat inmates in the jail, as well as a centralized hub where those who are addicted can access all of the services they need to get into recovery.