Multiple Mississippi agencies will host a town hall meeting in Indianola on Sept. 19 to address the growing impact of opioids in Mississippi communities.
According to a release from the Mississippi Department of Health this week, the meeting will take place at the Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center at 6:30 p.m. that day.
The health department is teaming with other agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Narcotics, the Board of Pharmacy and the Mississippi offices of the FBI to put on the event.
“In Mississippi, one in 10 people misuse prescription drugs,” said Diana Mikula, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. “Opioids have a tremendous impact in all of our communities. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It occurs in families from all walks of life.”
This is one of multiple like meetings that will be held around the state that will address opioid abuse.
According to the department of health, prescription drug abuse has risen 400 percent in the past 10 years, affecting people of all ages.
In the past three years, just under 500 overdoses have been recorded in the state, with right under 400 of those opioid related.
“The partnerships we have are essential in helping us educate communities about the impact addiction is having on our state,” Mikula said. “If you or someone else needs help, we urge you to reach out. There are people throughout the state who want to help you get on the road to recovery.”
For more information please contact Mississippi State Targeted Opioid Project at 601-398-4406.