The Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County has welcomed Mike Crutcher to the Board. Crutcher will serve as the President of the Coalition, joining current officers, Lee Ann Watson, Associate Director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Jill Cochran, Director of Operations of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County.
Crutcher has lived in Clermont County since 1998 and has owned a small business since 1988. As an involved parent of three children who attend Clermont Northeastern Schools, Crutcher is passionate about drug prevention because he has witnessed the personal devastation caused by substance abuse.
“I have lost friends to drug abuse. Not literally, but figuratively. They have surrendered their mind, body and soul to their addictions,” said Crutcher. “I want to do what I can to prevent this from happening to other friends and families.”
Over his business career Crutcher has hired hundreds of young men and woman employees between the ages of 18-25.
“I have discovered that many of these good, young people use drugs for recreation or to self-medicate,” stated Crutcher. “If they develop an addiction, the quality of their work diminishes. They may begin to consistently show up late for work, may lose their driving privileges and finally lose their job. Once this downward spiral starts, everyone looses, including the business owner, the employee, the customer, and the community as a whole.”
Drawing on his experiences, Crutcher hopes that he can help mold this community into a drug-free environment for our youth.
“Children are the true victims in this drug abuse epidemic,” added Crutcher. “I want to teach children that there are many other rewarding options other than drugs. I believe that prevention education is the key to fighting drug addiction.”
The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County promotes drug-free environments for youth by providing education to the community about the risks of alcohol and drug use. The vision of the Coalition is to ensure every youth in our community grows up in an environment that is purposefully drug-free.
The Coalition is seeking additional members who wish to take action to provide youth with the knowledge that will lead to healthy choices. Coalition meetings are open to all interested persons and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. The meetings take place at the Mental Health and Recovery Board office located at 2337 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia.
If you wish to learn more about the prevention efforts of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, please visit www.DrugFreeClermont.org or “Like” us on Facebook. For information about how to get involved, call the Coalition office at (513) 735-8159.