June 25, 2015
Ohio’s 2015 Judicial Symposium on Addiction and Child Welfare
On June 23rd, judges from 56 Ohio counties and their community partners attended Ohio’s 2015 Judicial Symposium on Addiction and Child Welfare, presented by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. Materials of the day are now available. To view the materials, click here.
Remembering Luceille Fleming
Luceille Fleming, the first director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and a strong advocate for individuals with an addiction, passed away this week. Luceille began her role as Director in 1989 and held the position until her retirement in 2003. Fleming was well known and regarded as an outstanding advocate for community addiction services and a staunch supporter of recovery efforts. To read more regarding Director Fleming, please click here to view a Columbus Dispatch article.
Mapping Accountability to Improve Ohio’s Performance on Tobacco Use
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a new brief which explains ways in which Ohio can reduce tobacco users. The brief, Mapping Accountability to Improve Ohio’s Performance on Tobacco Use, is directed towards policy makers to explain how tobacco related measures are tracked in Ohio as well as what sort of accountability mechanisms are currently in place. To read more, click here.
Effects of Marijuana on Driving Performance
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office on National Drug Control Policy, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded a study to determine effects of marijuana – with and without alcohol – on driving performance. Using the most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations, findings showed that marijuana use impairs one measure of driving performance. People driving with blood concentrations of 13.1 µg/L THC showed increased weaving within the lane, similar to those with 0.08 breath alcohol. Furthermore the research found that drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana had an additive effect, so that drivers using both substances weaved within lanes even if their blood THC and alcohol concentrations were below the impairment thresholds for each substance alone. To read more and view a video of the simulator, click here.
Recovery Is Beautiful Highlight
In a newly posted Recovery Is Beautiful recovery story, Jody explains that living with her mental illness is unique to her, and with that uniqueness comes a personal plan of self-care and how as an ally, you can help support her! To read Jody’s full story, click here.