Opioids are creating a public health crisis throughout America, and law enforcement and health care professionals are rushing to address the problems caused by these substances.
Learn more about the opioid crisis in Arkansas at a community forum entitled “Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect,” which will be held at the Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock, on Monday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
During the forum, numerous guest speakers representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and professions, including health care, insurance and law enforcement, will speak about the issues surrounding the opioid crisis. In addition, individuals who have been personally impacted by opioids will speak and share their stories.
The speakers will include Kirk Lane, Arkansas Drug Director and Drug Take-Back coordinator; Dr. Corey Hayes, UAMS assistant professor of psychiatry; Shona Ray-Griffith, UAMS assistant professor in women’s mental health; Mike Davis, Chief of Police for North Little Rock; Brad Lawson, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Registered Manager; Kristina Carnes, Educational Programs Manger for the Attorney General’s Office; Kristen McGrew, therapist with Baptist Health Behavioral Services Clinics; and Kristen Pohl, Clinical Pharmacist, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Organizations will have booths set up at the event as well as having staff members available to talk about their services. The booths will open at 5:30 p.m.
Child care is available during the event. To reserve child care, contact Juli at 501-260-9521.