CRUSH THE CRISIS: Community discusses opioid epidemic

Written Off was once again featured by KWWL News 7 after the success of it's organized community event. Reporter Taylor Bailey writes: 

According to the CDC, the opioid crisis is getting worse by the day. Experts say at least 144 people die daily in the United States from overdose.

Here in Iowa a group is trying to find a solution to stop the problem. 'CRUSH the Crisis: A Community Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic' was held at Hawkeye Community College today in an effort to spark conversation about how the community can help eastern Iowans affected by addiction.

Addiction can happen to anyone.

"There is such a stigma in the world today about addiction, it can affect anybody and just know there are people out there to help us," Kim Shonka, Independence.

Help can found right here in eastern Iowa and dozens gathered for an today's event to do just that.

"Being here is the first step," said April Dorman, Shonka's daughter. "You're learning and that's all you can do, is just to keep yourself out there learning and seeking knowledge about what we can do as a community to fight this."

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