MMU opioid symposium brings to light growing problem in Iowa

In 2016, Iowa reported 180 opioid-related deaths—more than six times the number reported in 2005. In response, Mount Mercy University will host a panel of experts for Opioids in Linn County on Wednesday, April 4, 5:30–7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall 204.

The event will include a panel discussion and Q&A with community leaders who will address harm reduction, county response, prevention and treatment, and how to spot signs of abuse.

“Opioids are a growing problem in Iowa,” said Kellee Thorburn McCrory, MMU assistant professor of social work. “I don’t want Iowans and Iowa families to endure the pain and suffering that this crisis has heaped on people addicted to opioids and their families. Education about this issue is critical to Iowans.”

Facilitated by McCrory, panelists include: Rod Courtney, CRUSH of Iowa; April Dirks, Mount Mercy University; Melissa Walker, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC); Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Department; and Al Fear, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative, CRUSH of Iowa.

This event is free and open to the public. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. One hour of social work CEUs will be offered.

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