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Opioid Awareness Summit Helps Educators and Public Health Professionals Fight Opioid Abuse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, more than 325 educators, school nurses, counselors, mental health clinicians, public health professionals, and others with an interest in student health gathered today at Sacramento State University for the Opioid Awareness Summit for Educators and Public Health Professionals.

The summit is focused on four specific goals 1) to raise awareness of the extent and state of the national opioid epidemic and its impact on young adults in our region; 2) destigmatize opioid abuse to provide more effective treatment interventions; 3) encourage beneficial conversations with students if approached about drug abuse; and 4) awareness of the warning signs that a student or child is abusing opioids.

Attendees will hear from medical, public health, and law enforcement professionals about the science of addiction, treatment options, ready-to-use resources for educators, and best practices for implementing implement an opioid awareness program in their own schools. In addition, US Department of Justice policy and current enforcement efforts will also be discussed.

U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said, “Opioid trafficking and opioid abuse are among the most pressing law enforcement and public health challenges facing our country today. today and need education and prevention, treatment and enforcement. Today’s Opioid Awareness Summit for Educators brings all of them together and underscores our office’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the community safety by preventing drug abuse and overdose deaths.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is sponsoring the summit with the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Sacramento State University, Sacramento County, The Well at Sac State, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

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