2018 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Drug Summit is July 12-13
BATTLING THE OPIOID CRISIS
JULY 12-13, 2018
BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH
1531 HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY, MADISON, MS
Education. Training. Collaboration. Saving Lives.
These are the goals of the 2018 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Summit – an opportunity for all of us to face the epidemic that touches our families, friends and loved ones.
Mississippi is well on its way to becoming known as “the most addicted state in the country.”
The two-day summit will bring together threecommunities – public safety, public health, and the public. Learn about threats and trends from public safety officials who are tracking the supply of opioids and heroin. Listen to public health and treatment advocates discuss the disease of addiction and the many tools available to prescribers and treatment professionals. Join with the families touched by addiction to hear stories of recovery and hope.
With 13 credit hours, everyone will receive credit while gaining awareness from the perspective of others in this fight. It takes all of us working together to make a difference. Men and women in various career fields will be educated on the role that they play in fighting this epidemic. Addicts and families of addicts will be offered support and guidance in taking steps toward rehabilitation.
Special Guest Speakers are:
Susan A. Gibson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control Regulatory, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Washington, DC
Andrea Barthwell, MD, served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W. Bush from 2002-2004.
On Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Family Forum that is free and open to
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Clinicians, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Psychologists, and Interventionists
- Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dentists
- Advocates, Families, and People in Recovery
- Law Enforcement Personnel
- Firefighters, Paramedics, and EMTs
- Public Health and Prevention Officials
- Federal, State, and Local Officials and Lawmakers
- Education Specialists and Researchers
- Treatment Center Owners and Operators
- Lawyers, Judges, and Drug Court Officials
WHY IS THE DRUG SUMMIT IMPORTANT?
- The U.S. makes up about 5% of the world’s population and consumes over 95% of the world’s hydrocodone products.
- From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose.
In 2016, the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 5 times higher than in 1999. www.CDC.gov
- In 2016, at 1.07 prescriptions per persons, MS had the 4th highest opioid prescription rate in the country, preceded only by AL, AR, and TN.
- In six years, the total number of prescriptions for opioid analgesics in Mississippi reached 19,802,910.
- During 2016 there were 348 reported drug overdose deaths in Mississippi. Opioids, including prescription opioids, illicit fentanyl, heroin, and methadone, were involved in 172 (49.4%) cases.
- We need a comprehensive plan involving all relevant parties: parents, educators, policy makers, opinion leaders, stake holders, media, physicians, pharmacists, counselors, law enforcement, clergy.
- We must decriminalize addiction and move toward a treatment model for the abusers of opioids and heroin.