Summit County, Ohio: Judge Joy Malek Oldfield and Judge Christine Croce, Presiding Judges of the Turning Point Program, Summit County’s felony drug court, announced today the Turning Point Program has received an Akron Community Foundation On the Table Greater Akron Impact Award.
The Akron Community Foundation awarded the $2,000 grant to support community education about the disease of addiction. Through this funding, the Summit County Common Pleas Court will work in conjunction with the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, and Dr. Nicole Labor, to provide an updated educational video that outlines the issues of addiction as a disease, how addiction affects the brain and body, and the stigmas behind these issues.
The project will focus on providing the proper educational support to aid the community in understanding the centralized problem of addiction and the appropriate course of action concerning treatment and community engagement.
“I’m grateful to the Akron Community Foundation for seeing the value of this project. Updating this video will help us to provide the public with a better understanding of addiction as a disease, and its physical effects on the individual. Our hope is that educating the public will aid in prevention efforts,” stated Judge Oldfield.
Once completed, the video will be available to the Summit County community to view. Those interested in obtaining a copy of the video should contact Leila Trevillian, Turning Point Probation Officer, at 330.643.2306.