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First of its kind opioid summit in Decatur

The Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama hosted the one-day summit.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 11:01 AM

The Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama brought local and state leaders together for its first opioid summit.

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Doctors, pharmacists, and law enforcement officers were briefed on the current state of the opioid crisis in Alabama and brainstormed ways to fight back against drug abuse.

Mental health center prevention director Michele Moore told WAAY 31 the center is already promoting proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs, but the opioid crisis in north Alabama is still worse than she thought.

"What's happening is we've had less dollars for treatment, so there's not as many treatment options. A lot of people get addicted to that through an injury or a surgery, and when they can't get the medicine anymore they may go to the streets," Moore said.

Today's summit was made possible through a grant from the state department of mental health.

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