Today’s news is full of statistics and information on the current problem with opioid drug abuse. It is said to be “rampant in Macon County” and the Wall Street Journal states that it is an “epidemic”. Locally, there are many families who can relate their heart-wrenching stories of loved ones who suffered over-doses or who have spent a lifetime struggling with drug addiction. We can no longer view drug abuse with closed eyes. It doesn’t only affect the young. There are also many adult and elderly people who are addicted to prescription medications and who are suffering the effects of drug abuse.
In an effort to raise awareness of the growing problem of opioids and drug addiction facing our nation and community the Center for Life Enrichment is conducting a FREE seminar with a diversified representation of professionals to identify and address the issue. The panel will consist of Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell and two of his K-9 Drug teams, Anne Koenig, a licensed counselor and therapist, and Dr. John Baumrucker, long-time Highlands’ physician.
Signs of drug abuse are often difficult to detect. We may be oblivious to the problems people are facing in our own families and communities. And even if we do suspect a problem we are at a loss as to how to proceed. This forum and discussion will focus on prescription drug and heroin use and offer proactive and reactive strategies to implement when we recognize drug use in friends, family and those around us. We will also look at steps to help prevent drug abuse as well as offering some solutions.
Following presentations by the panel, the floor will be open for a question and answer period. The seminar will take place at the CLE Lecture Hall in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center, 348 S. Fifth Street, Highlands. It is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Pre-registration is not necessary. Please plan to join us and bring your family and friends for this very timely and informative event. For further information please call the Center for Life Enrichment at 828-526-8811.
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