Opioid abuse crisis the topic for Summit Daily’s next What’s Brewing event
Opioid abuse has emerged as a national public health emergency. More than 115 people in the United States die each day from overdoses. Additionally, the economic damage of abusing prescription pain killers, heroin or synthetic opioids like fentanyl amounts to more than $78 billion a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2016, there were more than 530 opioid-related overdose deaths in Colorado, according to DrugAbuse.gov. Opioids are killing Coloradans at a rate of 9.5 per 100,000 individuals, more than double the rate in 1999.
Summit County has seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid abuse. Over the last four years the District Attorney’s Office charged six drug dealers for the overdose deaths of nine individuals.
Join the Summit Daily News to discuss the opioid crisis at the next What’s Brewing event from 9–11 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium, located at 107 Denison Placer Road in Breckenridge.
The event, emceed by Summit Daily editor Ben Trollinger, will feature a panel of experts, including: Jessica Eaddy, the community outreach coordinator of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention; Amy Wineland, the director of the Summit County Public Health Department; Lane Wyatt, the director of the Watershed Services & Summit Water Quality Committee for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments; Jeannette Kintz, the behavioral health supervisor for Summit Community Care Clinic; Katie Burns with the Ebert Family Clinic; and Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons.
The forum will also serve as a Household Medication Take Back Event.
The following items will be accepted:
• Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II-V)
• Over-the-counter medications
• Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers)
• Medicated patches (used Fentanyl and Duragesic patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky-side together and flushed down the toilet.)
• Medication samples
• Medicated ointments
• Pet medications
• Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g., unused EpiPens and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside)
The following items are not accepted in Summit County’s collection boxes:
• Illicit drugs (e.g., heroin, LSD, cocaine)
• Needles and syringes
• Chemotherapy drugs
• Medical tools and supplies
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Personal care products
• Empty containers
• Medication waste generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes
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