In March 2011, Pathways of Central Ohio extended an invitation to various community partners to become part of an effort to address the prescription drug problem in Licking County. The Licking County Prescription Drug Task Force convened its first meeting on March 7, 2011. In 2015, the LCRxTF became the Licking County Prevention Partnership (LCPP) with an expanded vision and mission to address behavioral health concerns including violence, bullying, suicide, problem gambling and other substance use disorders.
The following agencies/organizations have representation on the Partnership:
- Pathways of Central Ohio
- Newark Police Department
- Denison University
- Granville Exempted Village School District
- Licking County Children & Families First Council
- Pataskala Police Department
- Mental Health America of Licking County
- Hebron Police Department
- Licking Memorial Health Systems
- Licking County Health Department
- The Midland Theatre
- The Addict’s Parents UNITED
- Newark City Schools
- Licking County County Coroner’s Office
- Licking County Sheriff’s Office
- Licking County Libraries
- Save Our Billy
- Licking County Job & Family Services
- The Newark Campus of OSU & COTC
- The Midland Theatre
- Youth Leadership Council of Licking County
- The Woodlands, Inc.
- Johnstown Police Department
- Granville Police Department
- Heath Police Department
|President||Melissa Owens, M.B.A.||The Midland Theatre|
|Vice President and Advocacy & Policy Chair||Sylvia Friel, M.S.||Licking County Children & Families First Council|
|Secretary-Treasurer||Ginny Wilson, MSW, LSW, R.A.||The Woodlands Inc.|
|Past President and RxCollect Chair||Jean Glaser, R.Ph, Pharm.D||Licking Memorial Health Systems|
|Community Awareness Chair||Whitney Bobo, M.Ed||Newark City Schools|
|Substance Use Prevention Chair||Cheryl Hoshor, LSW, LCDC III||LAPP|
|Violence, Bullying & Suicide Prevention Chair||Jan GreenRiver, B.A., R.A.||Community Consultant|
|Problem Gambling Prevention Chair||Bobby Persinger, BPS, CIRS, CPC||Pathways of Central Ohio|
|Project Manager||Janet Thode, M.S., OCPS||Pathways of Central Ohio|
Click here for a full roster of LCPP partners.
The Licking County Prevention Partnership meets quarterly through out the calendar year. Meetings are held at Pathways of Central Ohio (1627 Bryn Mawr Dr., Newark, OH 43055). If you are interested in becoming involved with the Partnership, contact Bobby Persinger or call 740-345-6166 ext. 228. Click here to download an application.
RxCollect: Licking County’s Safe Medication Collection and Disposal Program:
RxCollect allows Licking County residents to dispose of unwanted or expired medications in a safe manner and decreases illegal access to prescription drugs within the community. For more information about National Drug Take Back Day or the permanent drop-off locations, click here.