Addiction Treatment Targeted by Officials and Candidates
Candidates in Jackson County have made their voices are heard during an open forum at the Ashpole Center in Eagle Point Monday night.
By: Addiction Now
The public forum allowed the candidates running for office positions in Jackson County, where Eagle Point is located, to be joined by dozens of members of the community to address the key issues of their campaigns in a discussion that was open to the public.
Numerous officials came to the event, including Nathan Sickler, who currently serves as the Jackson County Sheriff and is looking to be reelected.
He explained there are many issues that need to be addressed in the Jackson County area, in particular issues that are associated with the criminal justice system.
Some of his top priorities include increasing resources that can assist the local prison populations who have been diagnosed with mental illness as well as expanding the addiction treatment available to inmates.
Sickler emphasized that Jackson County officials have been making efforts to improve the lives of the local community members who struggle with substance use disorders as well as mental health conditions.
Medication-assisted treatment was another topic highlighted by the County Sheriff. He stated that his office has been working with the county officials to expand medication-assisted treatment programs in addition to collaborating with the community to improve the other services that are available for the people who have substance use disorders.
Sickler stated that one of his professional priorities is to implement a jail that features the adequate design and technology to streamline operations while also allowing for mental health and addiction treatment programs to be available for those in need.
Rick Dyer — elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in November of 2014 — was also present at the event discussing his coming bids for re-election.
On top of determining who will be the next commissioner and the sheriff of Jackson County, the upcoming Election Day will also define who will be the next mayor of Eagle Point and the city council.
Election Day is in one week, on November 6.