In Chillicothe Council Monday evening, after Mayor Luke Feeney mentioned the opioid epidemic in his "State of the City," a council member mentioned a statewide proposition to help with that.
Jean Kerney explained the "Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment" that she is helping to get onto the fall ballot.
The four are to cut off the "addiction-to-prison pipeline" and the "probation-to-prison pipeline," to reward personal rehabilitation in prison, and to direct the resulting savings from the shrinking prison population into treatment and support programs.
This is for the Ohio Constitution, and Kerney says each county has a required number of signatures to get the proposal onto the statewide ballot. She says Ross County needs 1,300.
There will be a comunity-wide meeting soon, and Kerney says volunteers need to be trained to get signatures.
If you want to help, Kerney's phone number is 740 / 649-1433 and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture