GEAUGA COUNTY -- Opiate use is skyrocketing in Geauga, based on recent statistics from Juvenile Court, Chardon Municipal Court, and JFS.
The problem is affecting people of all ages from babies to senior citizens.
To combat the opiate problem, Geauga Family First Council proposed a public awareness campaign to make parents more aware of the drug issue in the city.
The plan would consist of a series of postcards with eye-opening pictures on the front of them, and would be mailed to the parents of all high school students showing the consequences of opiate use. On the back of each postcard, state and local statistics of teen opiate use would be listed.
The postcards would also feature tips to help parents communicate with their teens about the dangers of opiate use.
Lastly, billboards, posters, press releases and feature articles in local newspapers would be pursued to help reinforce the message.
The plan was inspired by the Parent Awareness & Action Campaign (PAAC), a campaign to help fight underage drinking in Geauga in 2005-2006.
The PAAC, which was designed by the Geauga Family First Council, a partnership of government agencies, family representatives and community organizations, proved to be effective in its efforts.
The projected cost of the proposed plan would cost $30,000 to $35,000.