Recovery program conducting substance abuse survey

The Jackson County Recovery Program is asking attendees of this year’s Seymour Oktoberfest to help in its important work of understanding and addressing substance use in the community.

Steve Sharer, recovery program coordinator, and Kimberly Glaze, director of program development, will be set up near the intersection of Second and Chestnut streets from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday during the festival.

The community survey is to gather data about substance use and prevention in Jackson County and is part of the assessment funded by a state recovery grant awarded to the city of Seymour earlier this year.

A QR code for people to scan with their cellphones to complete the survey online will be available.

“We are working to have a Spanish language version, as well,” Sharer said.

A paper survey also will be available at Seymour City Hall, 301-309 N. Chestnut St., during regular business hours through Oct. 14.

“We hope to receive information from approximately 1,000 respondents from the community,” Sharer said. “We want a cross-section of our community’s population.”

The data will be used to help the Jackson County Recovery Program make recommendations on what the community is doing well in its recovery efforts and what can be done better.