Symposium works to combat Opioid Crisis

Symposium works to combat Opioid Crisis

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University Nursing & Health Professions and St. Bernards Healthcare partnered together to present a symposium on a growing concern in not only the nation, but right here in Region 8.

The symposium on April 18 was centered around the opioid crisis and bringing awareness to the issues in Northeast Arkansas.

Students from the College of Nursing, residents from the Internal Medicine Program and other health professionals in the community came together to discuss the issues with prescription opioids, and what they can do to help combat the problems.

“Northeast Arkansas compared to the rest of the state kind of has a larger problem with opioid addiction, and Arkansas as a whole has in terms of prescribing opioids is number two in the nation,” said 3rd year Osteopathic Resident Richard Murphy.

Some of the things they talked about in the symposium include treatment options for people who suffer from opioid addiction, coping with addiction problems, and learning what addiction is.

You can find more information on opioid addiction on the Arkansas Department of Health website.

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