Opioid Epidemic: The Perfect Storm


Meridian Senior Center Hosts Discussion

According to mayoclinic.org, anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. Addiction does not discriminate and no one is immune to it, be it the stay-at-home mom, a church leader, a school teacher or a business owner.

Mayo Clinic states that your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role, but it is impossible to predict who is actually vulnerable to dependence on and abuse of these drugs. Certain risk factors play a role in addiction, which can either happen quickly or after many years of opioid use. Those risk factors include a personal history of substance abuse, heavy tobacco use, stressful circumstances and more.

Researchers have found that taking opioid medications for more than a few days increases your risk of long-term use, which increases your risk of addiction.

Opioid addiction is now at crisis levels in the United States, and the Ingham County Health Department will be part of a discussion about the epidemic hosted by the Meridian Senior Center at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Chippewa Middle School auditorium.

The event is open to the public and will feature Linda Vail, Ingham County health officer, leading the discussion on the “perfect storm” that led to the current epidemic.

The discussion will include how the crisis is being addressed in Ingham County, along with data that informs action, interventions and prevention strategies.

The discussion will cover a comprehensive list of impact areas with specific actions that can be taken, resources available within the community and pain management approaches.

For more information, call the Meridian Senior Center at (517) 706-5045 or visit the Meridian Township website at meridian.mi.us.




Tags: addiction, opioid

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