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Library to host panel discussion on local impacts of opioid epidemic

Danny McNease

Huntsville is not immune to the opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation.

The Huntsville Public Library has decided to do something to help the public learn what is driving the epidemic and what people can do to avoid becoming victims. Or, to help loved ones who might be in the grip of the drugs.

Dr. Stephen Brown

The library will present a free public forum from 5 to 7 p.m. September 27 featuring a panel of professionals in the fields of public health care, drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation, counseling services, and law enforcement .

The panel will consist of:

  • Stephen Brown, coordinator of the public Health and Health Science majors at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Brown also is coordinator for the Health Communications Certificate and heads the Department of Population Health;
  • Danny McNease, owner and pharmacist at McNease Pharmacy;
  • Eric Rex, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and;
  • Ryann Kaaa-Bauer, Huntsville Police Department Community Services Officer.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the community room and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. To assist in planning refreshments and seating, an RSVP is requested to 936-291-5471 or mkokot@huntsvilletx.gov

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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