Appreciation for Portage County Police Officers

The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County celebrated Ohio’s Week of Appreciation by showing support and appreciation for those who work directly with individuals struggling with substance use disorder. The board recognized Portage County law enforcement officers for their continued efforts in response to the opioid epidemic.




“These dedicated individuals answer the call when a crisis arises, often putting their lives on the line; they deserve our support,” stated John Garrity, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.


Portage County, along with the entire state of Ohio, is facing an addiction and overdose epidemic, which has been exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic. First responders may be experiencing burnout or secondary trauma from their experiences.


In recognition of all their hard work, the Board presented each police department with a certificate for their efforts in response to the opioid epidemic as well as notebooks and stress balls for the officers. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County thanks police departments for their continued effort in helping individuals overcome substance use disorder and keeping our community safe.

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