On Saturday, February 3rd, the Addiction Policy Forum Ohio State Chapter gathered at the World Harvest Church for a walkthrough of the new Addiction Resource Center (ARC) portal and a remembrance vigil. The Addiction Policy Forum was joined by families impacted by addiction, concerned community members, and members of the Ohio State Chapter steering committee.
Diana Yoder, Ohio State steering committee co-chair, began the event by introducing herself and sharing why she is passionate about educating others on substance use disorder. Diana and her husband Mike - also a steering committee co-chair - lost nine family members to this disease. Diana and Mike use their grief to advocate for resources and education and to assist others impacted by addiction. Greg McNeil, Ohio State steering committee co-chair, told the story of his late son Sam and the crucial need for local resources.
Diana and Greg stressed the importance of the ARC portal for families impacted by addiction and for people struggling with addiction, and shared how it would have greatly benefited them when they were struggling.
Danielle Tarino, VP of Health Information Technology at the Addiction Policy Forum, conducted a walkthrough of the ARC portal by demonstrating its comprehensive capabilities and the access to resources. After completing the self-assessment, the ARC portal directs concerned individuals to local resources.
Following the ARC portal walkthrough was a lovely candlelight vigil to honor those who passed from substance use disorder. Attendees chatted with one another over coffee and pastries and had time to meet other families impacted by substance use disorder.
View photos from the event here.