City to host summit on opioid crisis

Fighting Addiction

The City of Huntington will host a summit on January 19 to engage community leaders in a discussion on fighting the opioid crisis. The City is working in collaboration with the Bowen Center and, state Senator Andy Zay. 

The summit will enable health care professionals, law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals and local mayors to brainstorm solutions for the drug crisis and take effective action by partnering with other community entities. The event is sponsored by the City of Huntington and will be held at the Bowen Center. 

Recently, local law enforcement attended a similar summit in Wabash where several county leaders shared strategies to fight the opioid crisis. Jennifer Newton, Huntington Superior Court Judge, spoke about the drug court program in Huntington, an intensive rehabilitation program that targets high-risk offenders who plead guilty to drug-related offenses. Offenders go through intensive treatment, testing, counseling and support for 18–24 months. 

The summit planned for Huntington follows two recent events dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of opioid addiction. One of these forums, hosted at Huntington North High School, attracted more than 500 people.


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