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Faith and Community Leaders Call on Licking County Health Department to Repeal the Ban on Syringe Access Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2020​

MEDIA CONTACT

Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
Blyth Barnow, bbarnow@faithinpubliclife.org, (440) 220-2090
Dan Clark, dclark@faithinpubliclife.org, (614) 648-3663

Faith and Community Leaders Call on Licking County Health Department to Repeal the Ban on Syringe Access Programs 

Newark, Ohio — On Tuesday, February 18th at 6 p.m, faith and community leaders will call on the Licking County Board of Health to repeal their ban on syringe access programs. A year ago, the Licking County Board of Health voted to ban all syringe access programs, making it the only county in Ohio to do so. This ban must end. Syringe access programs save lives, improve health and help people who use drugs be connected to the community. It is a life-affirming approach to loving our neighbors who use drugs.

WHAT:

Press conference ahead of Licking County Board of Health meeting

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 18  at 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Licking County Health Department

675 Price Rd, Newark, OH 43055

WHO:

Patricia “Trish” Perry, Co-Coordinator, Newark Homeless Outreach

Rev. Dan Clark, Ohio Director, Faith in Public Life, Licking County resident

Blyth Barnow, Harm Reduction Faith Manager, Faith in Public Life

Rev. Terry Williams, Orchard Hill UCC, Chillicothe 

Dennis Cauchon, President and Founder, Harm Reduction Ohio

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Faith in Public Life is a national network of over 50,000 clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good.

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