RAVENNA, Ohio - Generations of Jeremy Taugner's family are battling drug addiction and it's consequences.
"I have a cousin and uncle in prison now because of it. My children's mother is battling with it. Both my brothers," Taugner said.
Taugner himself is a recovering addict. But he told NewsChannel5 he was unable to get the help he needed in Portage County, where he resides.
"I was at the worst of my worst and I asked the judge if I could receive some help and he let me know I couldn't get any help unless I committed a felony," Taugner said.
To get help Taugner said he came to Cuyahoga County and established "residence" in a homeless shelter so he could access rehabilitation services.
Now, Jeremy Taugner is working to start a mens residential treatment facility in Portage County. He is part of a group called Citizens for Addiction Recovery and Education (CARE).
CARE is holding a "Rally for Recovery" Nov. 18, at the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna. The event will kicking off a fundraising effort meant to establish a mens rehab center similar to the Horizon House half-way house which serves women in Portage County.
The rally in Ravenna will start at 6:30 p.m. and feature speakers and information on addiction and treatment. There will be raffles and T-shirt sales to benefit the Damians Endowment fund which has been established at First Place Bank in Ravenna.
"I've got a passion for it," said Taugner. "I don't want people to go through what I went through - so that's my motivation."
Click this link to view another Portage County family's story of struggle with addiction.
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