Mental Health America Indiana recently honored North Vernon resident Rex Eaton with its Heroes for Recovery award for his professional service as a consumer advocate in 2016.
Each year, the organization recognizes Indiana residents as heroes in mental health for helping to change the lives of people with mental illnesses and their families and presents awards to providers, advocates, journalists and government officials who have truly made a difference.
Eaton was selected for his advocacy work with his employer, Cordant Health Solutions, to help combat the state’s prescription drug epidemic, which includes a free pain medication take-back program to prevent teens from removing unused opioid medications from home medicine cabinets.
In addition, the honor was for Eaton’s work for Parkdale Center to create a statewide aftercare program for nurses with a history of substance abuse and developing a comprehensive program to help hospitals identify and prevent diversion of controlled substances by employees.
Eaton received the award Dec. 15 from Mental Health Indiana President Steven McAffrey.
Heroes for Recovery is a recognition program to celebrate the dedication and commitment of professionals and volunteers who truly promote recovery in their ongoing treatment of and advocacy for people with serious and persistent mental illness.