(July 22, 2019)
A weeklong opioid response conference begins today in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reports Tulsa World. Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Center for Wellness and Recovery (CWR) will host the Opioid Epidemic Response event. Executive director Julie Croff stresses that the conference gives events for many groups, however. “There’s something for everyone at this conference,” she said. “It’s not necessarily just for individuals suffering from addiction.” The conference provides community resources, film screenings, educational seminars, and a town hall. Because the CWR hopes to reach the larger public through the event, the topics are diverse: medical and social work training, factors of opioid misuse, and chronic pain response.
These options vary because the conference means to involve the larger community, because Croff believes that a joint societal response will best address the opioid crisis. Accordingly, the conference gives educational seminars and also allows people to discuss their own experiences at the town hall. “The solutions are there. We [the CRW] get to create a platform for individuals in the community to talk about all the great things they’re doing,” Croff said.
More opioid response events will happen later this summer. A second event will happen Aug. 2–8 in Duncan, and the third takes place Aug. 12–18 in Ardmore.