FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2018
CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – To help address the opioid epidemic affecting the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted a statewide conference for 150 public safety and public health professionals today, April 17.
The Public Safety and Public Health Opioid Conference in Lansing featured state and national experts discussing the issues of addiction, law enforcement practices, naloxone use and first responder precautions. Best practices were shared, including presentations from Monroe and Macomb counties. Participants also had opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders from across the state.
“This conference is a strong step towards helping our communities work together to fight the opioid epidemic,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “By sharing lessons learned and best practices, we will continue to address this public health threat with a united front in the most effective ways possible.”
Sessions and speakers included:
Similar to the rest of the nation, Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths. From 1999 to 2016, 7,300 people have died from an opioid overdose with more than 60 percent of those deaths occurring since 2010.
For more information about opioids and the steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit Michigan.gov/stopoverdoses. For information about available drug treatment services, visit Michigan.gov/bhrecovery.
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