KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The growing opioid epidemic will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, Nov. 9 at an event that brings together local authorities with state entities and officials.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2017
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Jackson County co-hosts Missouri Regional Opioid Summit
“The Missouri Regional Opioid Crisis Summit: Kansas City” will take place from 8:30 a.m. – Noon at the KCPD Regional Training Facility, located at 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road. This event is the result of a strong collaboration with Jackson County, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, City of Kansas City, Missouri and the KC Regional Opioid Task Force.
Media interested in covering the event are encouraged to coordinate arrangements in advance. A schedule of the day’s event is attached to help plan coverage.
“I’m very proud of the work we have accomplished by establishing the Jackson County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We look forward to continue doing our part to solve a problem of this magnitude, but achieving that goal requires a team of dedicated stakeholders. This summit is key to ensuring we all have the tools needed to combat this epidemic together.”
The Opioid Summit will tackle the epidemic from a collaborative, multi-pronged approach, with a focus on awareness, prevention and law enforcement challenges. A father will share his family’s personal story with addiction and a panel of experts will discuss ways to reach the goal of creating a safe, model community free from addiction.
State statistics show that Missouri has seen a 35% increase in opioid overdose deaths from 2015-2016.
“Addiction knows no boundaries and unlike many other chronic diseases, addiction is entirely preventable. We are spending time on stopping the problem before it starts because prevention is just as important as treatment and recovery,” said Jackson County PDMP Director Teesha Miller. “We are fortunate to link arms with community stakeholders willing to work together to warn the public and work to create a better future for our families. We must save every life we can.”
Online registration is required for the Opioid Summit, which is free, but limited to the first 400 registrants. A link to register can be found by visiting the Jackson County PDMP website.
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