Addiction Recovery Explored in Opioid Summit
An opioid and heroin drug summit was held last week to inform medical professionals and the general public about available prevention and treatment measures.
The event was held at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Attendants earned up to 13 continuing education credits for participating at the summit.
The two-day summit included seminars on alternatives to prescription opioids for chronic pain, medication-assisted treatment and other topics.
The summit also included a naloxone certification training session and a family forum open to the general public. Local residents had the opportunity to listen to persons in addiction recovery and medical professionals. Staff were also available to connect people with local treatment resources.
Last August, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared the opioid epidemic a state of emergency.
The Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Data Collaborative reported that approximately 3,303,000 opioid prescriptions were written last year by state physicians.
The report also stated that 256 suspected overdose deaths occurred in the state. Madison County was listed as one of the top five counties to administer naloxone.
Mississippi's Attorney General stated that the educational components of the summit have the potential to save lives.