The Opioid Epidemic, A Talbot Rising Forum on March 19

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The country, state and county are in the grip of an opioid epidemic. In Talbot, eight people died from opioid overdoses from January to September 2017. By comparison, two Talbot residents suffered from alcohol-related deaths in the same period.

And it’s not likely to get better soon. Recent Maryland health department data show that fentanyl has overtaken heroin as the deadliest drug in the state, with more than a 500 percent increase in fatalities from 2015 to 2017.

What are we doing to help those addicted and their families? What treatment approaches work best? What else could we be doing?

Join Talbot Rising 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, March 19, at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 S. Washington St., Easton, for an in-depth discussion.

Dr. Fredia Wadley, head of the Talbot County Health Department, and Dr. Benjamin Kohl of Eastern Shore Psychological Services and a lecturer at Washington College,  will talk about what they are seeing in the trenches, what problems they face, what treatments appear to work best, and what could or should be done to stem this scourge.

Talbot Rising is a non-partisan progressive group for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

For more information, please contact: Ridgely Ochs, 631-871-2172; ridgely.ochs@gmail.com

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