ADAMH- Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board

Did you know that in 2011 over 18,000 crisis calls were placed to the Crisis Centers in Ross, Pike, Highland, Pickaway and Fayette Counties. Each clinic provides trained staff whether in person or over the phone. The Crisis Center has been an indispensable tool for us in assisting residents that need help.

Some facts and statistics have been provided, many dealing with the current fight against drug/medication abuses that are plaguing our community.

‘The Population and FACTS

In any given year 1 in 4 Ohioans 18 and older will have a diagnosable mental illness, and approximately 10% of Ohioans will have a substance abuse problem or addiction.
In a recent statewide poll, 2 out of every 3 Ohioans stated that they were impacted by a friend and/or family member with a mental illness and/or addiction.
Each day 4 Ohioans die due to unintentional drug/medication overdoses which on an annual basis are now higher than the annual deaths due to vehicular accidents.
Ohio suicides have reached a 10 year high.
Murder-Suicides have tripled.

The Impact on the Behavioral Health and other Systems
75% of youth in foster care have at least one parent with a substance abuse disorder, and approximately 85% experience mental health challenges.
Over 50% of all inmates at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Read more »

Tornado watch until 9pm. Now is the time to make emergency plans!! Not after the fact

A tornado watch (conditions right) is in effect until 9pm.
As with any natural disaster, it is important to have an emergency plan in place BEFORE it occurs. Our department is flooded with calls during severe weather from citizens asking “what do I do?” There are important links in this post that can be helpful for your specific needs and situation. It is also advisable to have an emergency kit.

Remember, in the event of power outages, all malfunctioning traffic lights are to be treated as STOP SIGNS.

In the event of an emergency, listen to local radio, NOAA(National Weather Service) and utilize other media outlets for updates on weather conditions.

Weather Terms:
Tornado Watch- Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Tornado Warning (Listen for tornado sirens)– A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch– Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning– Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

What do I do about power? Please keep in mind that calling 911 and administrative lines tie up dispatchers and officers who are handling emergencies. If a downed line or transformer constitutes a hazard, please inform the dispatcher with the exact location of the problem. Police and Fire dispatchers will generally not know how long it will take to have power restored. Again, monitor media outlets. CLICK HERE FOR AEP OHIO FAQ

Tornado Safety: Click here for FEMA’s Tornado readiness page
Thunderstorm safety: Click here for FEMA’s Thunderstorm readiness page
Floods: Click here for FEMA’s flood information

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