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Opioid Crisis Town Hall at GPB

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Abuse of prescription painkillers has quickly become a national emergency, and Georgia is not immune. The opioid crisis threatens the well-being of every Georgian at every socioeconomic level and in every geographic region of the state. Learn about the scope of the problem in our state and some of the unique challenges to the law enforcement community from five panelists who are working to combat the problem on a daily basis.

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Moderated by Bill Nigut


Chris Carr, Attorney General, State of Georgia
J. Patrick O’Neal, MD, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
Dennis M. Troughton, Sr., Pharm. D., R.PH., Director, Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency
Martin Highsmith, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Patrick Gray, Special Agent, Drug and Enforcement Administration

Opioid Help Resources

Hotline Support:

Crisis Support: 1-800-715-4225 – call for immediate assistance in crisis situations
Non-Crisis Support: 1-844-326-5400 – call or text a trained peer support specialist 8:30am – 11pm, 365 days a year
1-800-662-HELP (4357) – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline

Website Support: - Treatment center locator - To find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting - Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) - Three steps to save a life in an overdose situation

If you are with someone you suspect has overdosed, call 911.

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