2017 Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Drug Summit
BATTLING THE OPIOID CRISIS
JULY 11-13, 2017
BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH
1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS
Education. Training. Collaboration. Saving Lives.
These are the goals of the 2017 Mississippi Opioid & 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.”
This two-and-one-half-day Summit, held July 11-13 at Broadmoor Baptist Church in
Madison, will bring together three communities—public safety, public health, and the public. The Summit is aimed at informing the community about the growing epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse in the state of Mississippi. Come learn about threats and trends from public safety officials who are tracking the supply of opioids and heroin.
Men and women in various career fields will be educated on the role that they play in fighting this epidemic. Listen to public health and treatment advocates discuss the disease of addiction and the many tools available to prescribers and treatment professionals. People struggling to recover from addiction and their families will be offered support and guidance in taking steps toward rehabilitation. Join with the families touched by addiction to hear stories of recovery and hope.
You can also hear from Sam Quinones who documented the epidemic as a journalist
and authored the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. On
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there will be a Family Forum that is free and open to
the public from 6-8 p.m.
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.
- Prescription drug overdoses account for nearly 60% of all drug
overdose deaths. Of those deaths, 73% came from opioids.
- Mississippi is a leading prescriber of opioid painkillers with the
equivalent of approximately 70 opioid pills for every man, woman,
and child in 2016.
- The number of painkiller prescriptions in Mississippi makes us the
fifth highest per capita in the nation, with 1.07 prescriptions
- In the state of Mississippi, there were 563 reported drug overdose
deaths from 2013-2016 (MS Bureau of Narcotics). Of these, 481
deaths were related to opioid abuse.
- Opioid-related deaths in Mississippi are greater than we think
because they are often under reported by coroners.
- We need a comprehensive plan involving all relevant parties:
parents, educators, policy makers, opinion leaders, stake holders,
media, physicians, pharmacists, counselors, law
- We must decriminalize addiction and move toward a treatment
model for the abusers of opioids and heroin.
- Mississippi hasn’t seen the horrific spike in abuse and overdoses
that other parts of the country have. But experts tell us it’s on the
way if we don’t act decisively and intelligently.