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Heroin Coalition Grows To Fight Drug On More Fronts

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Ann Thompson
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WVXU
The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition is fighting the drug on all fronts including police, the coroner's office, hospitals and the faith community

Just like the drug problem, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition continues to grow.

The group welcomed two more representatives to its regular meeting Friday, The Health Collaborative, representing hospitals, and the Amos Project, representing the faith community.

County Commissioner and member of the coalition Denise Driehaus says doctors are going to more closely monitor emergency room visits and link the addicted to long-term treatment.

Eventually she wants judges involved. "We have reached out to the court administrator to get the judges involved. Every time we have a meeting we think, oh my gosh we need to bring them to the table."

She says people are always asking how they can get involved. A May or June meeting is planned with actionable steps.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology