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Judge Capper selected to attend opioid workshop in Columbus

Sheriff Lawless, Spectrum Outreach founder to also attend

Lawrence County Municipal Judge Donald Capper has been nominated to attend an upcoming state workshop on opioids.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, of the Ohio Supreme Court, nominated Capper to participate in the Workshop for Rural Judges and Rural Sheriffs on Opioids, which is a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of Rural Development and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services  Administration.

“This is a team approach for the workshop, and I have spoken to Sheriff Jeff Lawless and he will attend with me,” Capper said. “As I understand it, there will be 16 teams attending from seven states. This will be an opportunity to interact with other judges, law enforcement and treatment providers battling the drug crisis in their areas, and to share ideas and strategies about how to best fight addiction here in Lawrence County.”

Capper added that, in addition, Bob Vinson, founder of Spectrum Outreach Services, is attending with him and Lawless as well. He said that he uses Spectrum Outreach Services often in his court.

“Each team is a three-person team with a judge, a sheriff and a treatment provider,” Capper said. “And it’s just for those in rural areas like ours. We’ll talk about addiction issues that are unique in that all of the areas represented will be rural.”

The workshop is set to take place April 1-3 in Columbus.

 

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