Today's meeting was held at the Amber Rose Restaurant, attended by numerous local business owners, managers, law enforcement and city and county representatives.
· Barry Hall, president, opened the meeting and welcomed those in attendance.
· Kervin Valez from Dayton Police Department gave crime stats and noted that B&E has increased, mainly garages. Two suspects include the George brothers. Kervin had advice for residents, including watching for individuals loitering near trash cans. Often offenders leave stolen goods inside a trash can to retrieve it later. He also advised residents not to leave their garages open, even when they are home, as thieves are able to see items that are stored in the garage to steal later. He spoke to the group about Leads Online, a website used by pawn shops to watch for stolen items. Individuals register with the site and list property with serial #s.
· Matt Tepper, from Evan’s Bakery and the OND neighborhood association talked about the OND cleanup this Saturday, as well as theTaste of Old North Dayton and we need someone to help coordinate and support the event. Please contact Matt if you are willing and able to help in any capacity. There will be a meeting on the 2nd Tuesday at Christ Lutheran to discuss the plans.
Today’s guest speaker was Bruce Langos from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He updated the group on the drug problem in the Dayton area. Overdosed and deaths continue to increase. In 2016, there were 2505 overdoses and 354 deaths. So far this year, there have been 1300 overdoses and 208 deaths. More fentanyl is coming into the US from China and Mexico, including its stronger forms. These stronger forms require even more narcan to treat the overdose. The objective of the Sheriff’s office at this point is to reduce overdoses and deaths but decreasing the supply and the need. Aside from individuals that have moved to heroin due to addiction to pain medications, they are seeing an increase in use by those who are risk takers or have mental health issues and have not been on opiods of any sort. As a result, they are working on addressing the mental health component of drug use, working on continuation of care to get beyond addiction and work on support services through community outreach programs.
Barry closed the meeting, thanking everyone for their participation. Our next meeting will be held on May 24th. See you then!
Thanks for keeping our businesses strong!