Opiate Task Force to present action plan
6 - 8:30 p.m. May 26 at 
UC Clermont College Student 
Activities Center

For more information about the
call 513-732-5400 or visit them here.

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In response to the rising heroin epidemic in Clermont County, the Opiate Task Force will hold a summit 6-8:30 p.m. May 26 at UC Clermont College Student Activities Center to unveil an action plan covering treatment, prevention, harm reduction and supply reduction – all aimed at lessening the epidemic and its impact in Clermont County. The public is invited – and encouraged – to attend.

The task force, whose members represent local and county government, law enforcement, the courts, public health, mental health, the recovery community and other citizens, has been working for more than a year on a plan – called “Breaking the Cycle” --  to minimize opiate addiction and its impact. “The Clermont County Opiate Task Force is a passionate group of community leaders and involved citizens, and this plan is key to the success of the group, and the county, in addressing opiate misuse and its impacts on the community,” said Union Township Police Chief Scott Gaviglia, Co-Chair of the Opiate Task Force. 

“This epidemic is being felt throughout our community,” said Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board. “Families are being broken up – more children are being placed into foster care because of the issues their parents are facing. More addicts are committing crimes, so our jail is more crowded. Long term, we will see more cases of Hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS. Every citizen in our county has a stake in this.”

Since 2003, opiate and heroin deaths in the county have increased 500%, from seven in 2003 to 36 in 2014. Dr. Brian Treon, Clermont County’s coroner, recently released his 2014 report showing a surge in accidental deaths attributed to the increased use of heroin from 85 in 2013 to 105 in 2014.

- See more at:  www.clermontcountyohio.gov/OpiateTaskForce


The theme of this year’s Annual Golden Donkey Dinner was “Democrats Care.”  At the dinner, held May 2nd, a special homemade dessert auction was held to benefit the Clermont County Opiate Task Force to help fight the growing problem of heroin in our county.  The Party is pleased to announce that a check was presented to this organization in the amount of $3231.00.  The average donation for each item sold was over $250.00, proving that, indeed, Democrats Care. Senior Services George Brown volunteered to serve as Auctioneer.

In addition to the charity auction, P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati Councilman and candidate for the US. Senate, was the guest speaker.

Executive Chair Raymond W. Lembke and Executive vice Chair Judy Miller awarded Charlie Carlier from Goshen with the prestigious Golden Donkey Award, and the Grass Roots Award went to Chris Barnett for his work with West Clermont Dems.  Ron Kidd received special recognition for his work in reviving the Goshen Dems.  ~ Submitted by Jan Schoellman

For more information about the
Clermont County Opiate Task Force,
call 513-732-5400 or visit them here.

Goshen Dems
West Clermont Dems

Charlie Carlier             Chris Barnett                Ron Kidd

“We believe that 
We’re all in this together’ 
is a far better philosophy than 
‘You’re on your own.’ ”
Bill Clinton

We are all in this together, 
and we all need to exert some effort.  
Here are a few things which you can do:


1.            Join the Donkey Club.  The Donkey Club is the Clermont County Democratic Party’s major fundraising initiative.  It is a fact that money is required to be heard in politics.  It costs us approximately $10,000 per year to keep our office operating.  Your membership in the Donkey Club helps us pay our bills and maintain the Democratic Party in Clermont County.  While we’ll never rival the Koch Brothers, the more money we can raise, the better able we will be to make the Democratic voice heard.  A membership form and return envelope are enclosed, or you can join online at 'The Donkey Club'.  You can even set up a periodic donation if that works better for you.


2.            Attend Our Events.  We have a number of events throughout the year that offer a good time, good food, and good company; and which help support the local party as we prepare for national, state, and local elections in 2016.  Our calendar of events is posted here.


3.            Join a Democratic Club.  There are currently three Democratic clubs operating in Clermont County.  Club meetings are typically monthly, are low-key, and are in convenient locations.  Information about our Democratic clubs is posted here.


As last year’s election showed, there is still a great amount of work to be done to reach potential voters and give them a reason to participate.  Please use the form below and the enclosed return envelope to help us in this effort for 2015 and beyond.  Whatever amount you can contribute, we are all Democrats working for the futures of everyone in our County, our State, and our Nation.  We are all in this together, and we respectfully ask for your help. 


Raymond W. Lembke, Executive Committee Chair

Clermont County Democratic Party


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