Addiction erodes the quality of life we enjoy in Northwest and West Central Ohio. Too many of us have been affected by the opiate addiction epidemic. From the mother who now visits her son at the cemetery to the 6-year-old girl who does not understand what happened to mommy and why she doesn’t live with her anymore, addiction is changing families every day. Friend, family, co-worker, neighbor or acquaintance—odds are you know someone who has a drug addiction.
WBGU-TV will produce a series of television programs and televised town hall/community roundtable events to build awareness in all communities in Northwest and West Central Ohio. The size and scope of the project will depend on funding. WBGU-TV has committed the time and resources needed to start the project, to engage communities and to seek committed partners to continue the series.
The first broadcast of this series is scheduled to air on Thursday, February 19 at 8 pm, with the second program airing in March. With funding, we will air a monthly program, put resources and information on various social media sites, find additional resources and engage community and government leaders so we can continue the vital effort of building addiction awareness in Ohio.
The first phase of this project will focus on building awareness and seeking answers to what’s next. This phase will outline the tsunami size and scope of this growing problem and how addiction reaches every social and economic sector of Northwest and West Central Ohio.
We will build awareness of the effects of addiction on the addict. We will build awareness of the effects on families, especially parents and children of addicts. We will discuss the effects on the community as a whole and the economic impact to area businesses.
We will answer questions like:
- Where do I get treatment?
- What are schools doing to educate kids about this?
- What government and community agencies are helping?
- What do I do if my child is an addict?