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Posted September 22, 2017 | 2:33 PM

Local, National Experts Gather to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2017) - Medical, mental health, and law enforcement will be featured in a Sept. 26 summit addressing the opioid crisis.

In addition to nationally known experts and a presentation on "The State of the Opioid Crisis in Hillsborough County,'' the summit includes a panel discussion with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office. The summit was organized by Suncoast Community Health Centers; welcoming remarks will come from Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman, who championed bringing the event to Hillsborough County.

Opioid overdoses in Hillsborough County began to spike in late 2014. In 2016, the majority of the county's 197 fatal drug overdoses involved opioid use.

An increasing number of fatal overdoses involve heroin and fentanyl. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner has recorded 35 deaths associated with fentanyl from Jan. 1 through July 31 of 2017.

Featured speakers include Dr. Benjamin Nordstrom, senior vice president at Phoenix House, Tom Hill, vice president of addiction and recovery for the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Dr. Mark Gold, chairman of the RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board.

The summit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa. Attendance is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy Nizamoff or  call (813) 653-6206.

Links:Opioid Summit agenda

WHAT: Opioid Summit

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26

WHERE: TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa

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