This year UC2 is exploring how we care for the community in Northeast Indiana. One of the major challenges our community faces is the use of and addiction to opioids. According to a fall 2016 report by the Indiana Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, the state has experienced a significant increase in residents with substance use disorders. As a result, the death rate by overdose was almost six times higher in 2014 as it was in 2000. The state has responded to this multifaceted problem in various ways, and it has emerged as an important issue at the federal level as well.
How should we understand the opioid crisis? What are we doing to address it? What is the outlook for the individuals, families and communities faced with these challenges, and how can we care for them as they do? This UC2 event will feature panelists working on these issues at the local, state and national levels, and they will take your questions. Join the conversation!
Jim McClelland, executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement for the State of Indiana
Hodge Patel, state director for the Office of Senator Joe Donnelly
Dr. Deborah McMahan, Fort Wayne-Allen County health commissioner
Marcia Haaff, chief executive officer, The Lutheran Foundation
Megan C. Fisher, director of addiction recovery services, Otis R. Bowen Center
Tickets are not required for this event