Public invited to Opioid Seminar hosted by Sen. Anderson
Parents, teachers, coaches, students and community members interested in learning more about the opioid epidemic in Illinois are encouraged to come to State Sen. Neil Anderson’s free Informational Opioid Seminar on Sept. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at United Township High School (1275 Avenue of the Cities) in East Moline.
“Opioid overdoses are a serious problem, and they touch all areas of the state and all kinds of neighborhoods and schools,” Anderson said. “Opioid overdoses have killed about 11,000 people since 2008 in Illinois. In 2016, more than 1,800 people died of overdoses – twice the amount of fatal car accidents. Eighty percent of drug overdose deaths in 2016 were caused by opioids. These statistics are shocking. If you have children or are around young people or work with students, I highly encourage you to come. What you learn here could help save someone’s life.”
Panelists from the Center for Behavioral Health, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois State Police, Trinity UnityPoint Health, Moline Fire Department, and the Moline Police Department will discuss warning signs for opioid abuse, where to get help, and ways to combat the problem.