The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board serving Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Perry counties will host a public appreciation event for individuals on the front line fighting Ohio’s opiate epidemic at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the steps at the Guernsey County Courthouse.

The event will consist of a welcome by Kelly Lynch of the Mental Health and Recovery Services board of directors; a proclamation by the Guernsey County commissioners; keynote address by Guernsey County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel G. Padden and Cambridge Municipal Court John M. Nicholson; special recovery remarks; and awards presented by Guernsey County Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden, Cambridge Fire Chief Jeff Deeks and Nicole Caldwell, director of Guernsey County Children Services.

Closing remarks by Lynch will thank those involved in the fight against the opiate epidemic and the importance of continuing this fight.

On March 16, Ohio Gov. John Kasich passed the "Bringing Help – Bringing Hope – Thank you" resolution to encourage all Ohioans to support individuals, family members and professionals throughout the state who bring help and hope by working day in and day out to save lives, provide treatment, assist families and support recovery.

The resolution calls on communities statewide to honor and thank these heroes during the week of April 9-13.

The Guernsey County Courthouse is located on Wheeling Avenue in downtown Cambridge.