Officials voice concerns about Valley drug problem

Officials voice concerns about Valley drug problem


When she joined Disciples Christian Church in 1979, Dottie Johnson was dealing with a lot of emotional pain.

“I was hurting. Their love and support made me feel I was worthwhile,” the Boardman resident recalled.

Such acceptance, combined with better access to social services and removing certain stigmas, can go a long way toward helping those with drug problems, mental-health needs and other challenges, noted Johnson, who retired in 2008 after having worked 30 years as an office manager for the Doris Burdman Home on Youngstown’s North Side.

That was one of the main themes of today’s community forum at the church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, aimed at addressing present and future social issues and concerns in the township and the Mahoning Valley. About 40 residents attended the two-hour session, “Voices of the Valley,” which featured a panel of law-enforcement and mental-health officials.

Read the full story in Monday’s Vindicator.

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