Town hall meeting to discuss opioid issue

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — A town hall meeting to discuss the county’s drug epidemic has been slated for Sunday evening in Mason.

Sponsored by the Mason County Prevention Coalition and the Mason County Day Report, the meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at the Northbend Church (formerly Soul Harvest Church) on Adamsville Road. Various officials will be on hand to speak about the opioid problem, specifically, and how it is being dealt with in the county.

According to Jessica Kapp, community engagement specialist with Mason County Day Report, among the speakers will be Superintendent of Schools Jack Cullen, Bend Area police chiefs, and representatives from the state police, prosecutor’s office, and magistrate’s office. A question and answer session will be held following the speakers.

A number of town hall meetings have been held in the Point Pleasant area in the past, but both agencies said it is time to expand the reach.

“We chose to do the Bend Area for other members of the community to be able to attend and get educated just as much as we do in the Point Pleasant area,” said Brittni Kaylor, coordinator with the Mason County Prevention Coalition.

Kapp agreed.

“We want to reach everyone in Mason County to let them know what agencies, prevention, and help is available for this county,” she said.

Opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers legally by prescription, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, and many others. When misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and death.

For more information on the town hall meeting, contact Mason County Day Report at 304-675-7001 or email

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at