The city of Southfield will host an Opioid Crisis Town Hall on Wednesday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the Southfield Public Library Auditorium, 26300 Evergreen Road
Opioid-related deaths continue to rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 with 40 percent of all overdoses involving a prescription opioid. In Oakland County, 165 people died from opioid-related deaths in 2016 alone.
The town hall will discuss the opioid problem in the city of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin Village, concentrating on the fiscal, social, psychological and economic impact the crisis has on our communities. Panel participants will include 35th District State Representative Jeremy Moss; Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson; Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard; 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance; Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins; Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee; Attorney Mark Bernstein; and Oakland Community Health Network representative Christiana Nicholas. The Alliance of Community Coalitions for Healthy Communities and the Oakland Community Health Network will be distributing free Narcan kits with on-site training at the event. Narcan is used to reverse an accidental overdose.
The event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, contact Southfield Human Services at (248) 796-4542.