Counseling available following RCI incident


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The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board and Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (SPVMHC) are recognizing all of the first responders and the staff of Adena Health System for all of their efforts in response to Wednesday’s event at Ross Correctional Institution.

The organizations thanked them for their containment of the hazardous substance and the excellent care that they provided to the exposed individuals.

A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said. Prison guards, nurses and inmates at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe were treated Wednesday with the anti-overdose drug naloxone after an inmate showed signs of a drug overdose, and some people experienced symptoms consistent with exposure to the opioid fentanyl. Medical officials said symptoms such as nausea, sweating and drowsiness were reported.

According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), being involved in a traumatic experience has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being. The ADAMH Board and SPVMHC would like to offer assistance to anyone needing help processing today’s event at the Ross Correctional Institution.

Penny Dehner, ADAMH executive director, said, “Dealing with trauma can be very difficult, whether you were directly involved in the event as a first responder, or a concerned family member or friend. We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to get the help that they need.”

“Please reach out to us for any counseling needs you may have, individual counseling, or group sessions at your location can be provided. Crisis services are also available at all county clinics,” said Matt Coy, interim executive director at SPVMHC.

For services contact one of the following agencies:

– 740-335-6935 – Fayette County Clinic; Crisis Line – 740-335-7155

– 937-393-9946 – Highland County Clinic; Crisis Line – 937-393-9904

– 740-474-8874 – Pickaway County Clinic; Crisis Line – 740-477-2579

– 740-947-7783 – Pike County Clinic; Crisis Line – 740-947-2147

– 740-775-1260 – Ross County Clinic; Crisis Line – 740-773-4357

The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is a political subdivision of state government created in 1967 by the Ohio legislature to ensure the availability of community-based alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.

For questions or follow up, please contact: Melinda Sheets – Paint Valley ADAMH Public Affairs Coordinator; msheets@pvadamh.org or 740-773-2283 ext. 103

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