An opioid epidemic has struck the country. Wayne County is no exception, with statistics showing it has been hit especially hard.
This epidemic has left Wayne County with the third highest rate of opioid emergency department visits out of nine Finger Lakes counties. Overdose deaths have increased by 46 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the Finger Lakes region. Educating the public has become a vital key to ending this crisis.
A panel forum will offer candid discussions about this issue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 26 at Palmyra Community Library, 402 E. Main St. Three speakers will provide an overview of the epidemic, its impact on Wayne County and local services available that address its impact before a Q&A session.
The panel will feature Charles Morgan, medical director of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and distinguished fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine; Chris Thomas, senior program supervisor for Wayne Behavioral Health Network; and Sheriff Barry Virts.
Morgan regularly lectures on this topic. He served on expert panels and committees at the local, regional and national levels, and was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for his teaching.
Thomas’ responsibilities include all outpatient programming, such as substance abuse services, adult and child mental health, jail substance abuse and mental health services.
Virts started his career in law enforcement in 1977. He has held the position of Wayne County sheriff since 2009.
This forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Visit crnofwc.wordpress.com or bit.ly/2DbmZ2w for information.