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Heroin, opioid epidemic focus of annual drug summit in Jackson

Posted at 9:27 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 09:27:51-05

People living in the Jackson area are expected to come together Friday to talk about how to combat the county's drug epidemic.

The fifth annual Jackson County Drug Summit is scheduled to take place in the Dining Commons at Jackson College's George E. Potter Center from 8:20 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The summit will focus on the devastating problem of heroin and prescription opioid use and the connection and relationship between the drugs.

Five main sessions will be offered and will cover the following areas: 
-Family impact
-Medical overview
-Neonatal 
-Alternatives for pain management
-Personal recovery story from a faith-based perspective.

Attendees can choose from three breakout sessions that include topics such as:
-Emerging drug trends from law enforcement
-Substance use prevention from Drug Free Jackson
-Language and advocacy training.

Each session will feature experts who will share their experiences and knowledge and be available to answer questions.

The goal of the summit is to create public awareness and serve as a call to action for a coordinated and aggressive community-wide response to fight the epidemic.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited to 300.