On Tuesday, October 30th 2018, the Communities Against the Opioid Epidemic Symposium will be hosted in our State’s Capital—in partnership with the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs—to address growing concerns surrounding ethnic, minority and rural communities.
Recent studies demonstrate alarming increases of drug-related deaths amongst minorities including a 39% increase among Black Americans and a 24% increase among Latinos.* The National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research even released a request for information on opioid use disorder among persons with disabilities. Finally, the CDC revealed that the death rate of drug overdoses in rural areas surpassed rates in urban areas.
- Compare how the opioid epidemic affects different racial, ethnic, minority and rural communities.
- Identify and measure current strategies to prevent, intervene and treat the epidemic
- Identify new collaborative strategies for communities and create key partnerships to implement these necessary strategies