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THD Program Hosting Free Forum About Opioid Crisis In Oklahoma

TULSA, OK – [October 22, 2019] –  Tulsa Health Department’s Regional Prevention Coordinators, along with the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa, is hosting “A Day in the Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Oklahoma’s Opioid Crisis” on October 30. This free forum at Tulsa Technology Center – Owasso, 10800 N. 140th E Ave, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. encourages dialogue to better align and integrate the efforts of organizations battling the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma.

“The misuse of, and addiction to opioids, prescription pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl, is a serious local and national crisis,” said Stephanie Tillman, prevention specialist, alcohol & substance abuse program.  “Many challenges are faced when various professions are working to prevent and reduce opioid abuse in Oklahoma. We know that many of those in this field are working in silos without the broader knowledge of what others are doing.  We are hoping to provide information and education to those who deal with everyday situations involving opioids and widen the conversation. All are welcome to attend.”

Multiple agencies, professions and individuals presenting will offer the opportunity for understanding the broader community response and limitations of support associated with the crisis. Topics range from recovery and prevention, first responders, policies and advocacy. The keynote and closing speakers will be Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Dr. Jason Beaman, clinical assistant professor and department chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“Despite an increase in public awareness, opioid overdoses and overdose deaths still remain high,” added Tillman.  “These professionals and community leaders will be sharing what they see on a daily basis as well as strategies and efforts they use to help reduce opioid misuse and abuse. The goal of the organizers is to prevent opioid overdose-related deaths in the community by raising awareness.”

Continuing education for medical staff and social workers and CLEET hours are available for participating in this forum. To register, visit or call 918-595-4475. This event is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Partnerships for Success Grant.

RPC is also participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event this Saturday at various locations around Tulsa. This event is an opportunity for Tulsans to keep their old medications from falling into the wrong hands. Anyone can bring their unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs for free safe and proper disposal (no syringes, inhalers or liquids accepted).

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