Taking on the Opioid Epidemic in the Cedar Valley

KWWL News 7 has featured Written Off in preparation for a community event in Cedar Valley Iowa. KWWL News Anchor Abby Turpin writes: 

The opioid crisis is getting worse by the day.  According to the CDC, drug overdoses claim 144 lives every day in the U.S.  A group led by Pathways Behavioral Services is working to figure out what can be done as a community.

"The CRUSH (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) Professional and Community Coalition is made up of a wide variety of persons and agencies who are working to reduce opioid-related addictions and deaths," said Jackie Preston, Pathways Community Prevention Educator and CRUSH leader. 

CRUSH members have put together an event for the community on Sunday, February 18 at Hawkeye Community College.  'CRUSH the Crisis: A Community Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic' will educate those in attendance about the epidemic, while the forums will gather feedback and thoughts from the public. 

"We are working on multiple ways to address the epidemic, including education for health care providers, law enforcement and other emergency responders, educators and the general public," said Preston.  "Also increasing use of the PMP, reducing over-prescribing of opioids, increasing the use of drug disposal events and permanent drop boxes and, of course, Naloxone training and distribution."

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