Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi is a leading prescriber of opioid painkillers – fifth in the nation – with prescriptions equaling about 70 pills for every man, woman, and child in the state last year. Opioid addiction is also leading to increased heroin use in Mississippi and nationwide.
Today through Thursday, Mississippi state agencies, associations, organizations and sponsors are teaming up to battle this epidemic through a three-day summit aimed at educating Mississippians about the growing epidemic and training those dealing with this public health crisis.
The 2017 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Drug Summit will be held at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway in Madison, and is open to the public with free admission. Medical professionals, law enforcement officials, educators, and family advocates are encouraged to attend.
Highlights of the summit include panel discussions and presentations from public safety officials on the trends and threats of opioid addiction in the state; addiction treatment tools; and first-hand accounts of how addiction has touched Mississippi families. Former baseball star Daryl Strawberry will be on hand to share his story; Sam Quiones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” will be a featured speaker; and a variety of professionals will present seminars on approaches to understanding, controlling and preventing opioid misuse and addiction.
The event is sponsored through a collaboration of numerous agencies, organizations, and sponsors including the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Attorney General’s Office, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Broadmoor Baptist Church.
For more information on the summit agenda or to register, visit drugsummit.com or call 601-898-2345.
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