High-impact regional opioid symposiums on deck for rural Indiana; healthcare, state, federal, county, addiction officials to address crisis
Indiana Rural Health Association, AgrIInstitute to host regional meetings to help combat, find solutions for continuing addiction emergency
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – Drawing on experts in multiple disciplines from national, state and local levels, the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) and AgrIInstitute will jointly host four regional high-impact opioid crisis symposiums in rural Indiana areas during July and August.
“This ongoing crisis continues to savagely and relentlessly penetrate every aspect of society in Indiana, including rural areas” said Don Kelso, IRHA executive director. “Professionals have come together from many disciplines to address this opioid health emergency, and we want to ensure that all Hoosiers have access to critical information and resources at all levels.”
“The intense attention being given to the opioid addiction crisis has helped many of us become better informed and more knowledgeable,” said Beth Archer, AgrIInstitute executive director. Emphasizing that this crisis “knows no boundaries,” Archer continued: “An important step in resolving this crisis is becoming better informed citizens – that means becoming better informed about what each of us can do in our homes, in our communities, in our workplaces, in our churches, and elsewhere, so healthy living can again be possible for those whom we care about.”
Key leaders and regional professionals involved in addressing the crisis will take part, including Jim McClelland, Indiana State Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement (who also chairs the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse); Michael Dora, USDA State Director for Indiana; Boone County Sheriff Mike Neilson; Amnah Anwar, program director of the Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium (IROC); officials from the Dearborn County Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP); and other professionals and social workers.