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Fighting Opioid Abuse

Fighting Opioid Abuse

Published: November 08, 2018

The sobering statistics of local opioid addiction come with a strong desire to understand the problem and find ways to stem its progress. In its partnership with Catawba Valley Community College for the community read of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, the Library is hosting and participating in a series of seminars designed to educate people and raise awareness of what we can all do to stanch the impact and the loss.

The first seminar is an opioid panel discussion that will bring together a variety of perspectives on the drug epidemic. We’ll hear about how different groups and communities have experienced the ravages of addiction, and we’ll learn about possible responses to combatting the prevalence of opioid abuse. This discussion takes place Wednesday, November 14 at 12 noon in CVCC’s East Wing Auditorium.

Soon after, a program will teach people how to recognize the signs of addiction. Although Catawba County has been ranked 5th in the nation for severity of opiate use, many people are unable to identify the indications that a person may be under the influence of opioids. Candice Moore of The Cognitive Connection will share physical signs and behaviors that can point to addiction and will help attendees understand the first steps they can take with that news in hand. This seminar takes place Wednesday, November 14 at 1:45 pm at the Main Library in Newton. A second session in Spanish will be held Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 pm, also at the Newton Library.

Then, to illustrate how broadly opioid abuse can impact families and communities, we’ll screen a documentary called Resilience. The hour-long film connects adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs (things like family violence, mental illness, addiction, etc.), with their long-term impact on health, stability, well-being, and both job and general opportunities. Attendees will participate in a survey and discussion of what our culture is facing and learn how best to help families dealing with toxic stress. This seminar takes place Friday, November 16 at 2 pm on the 2nd floor of Conover Station (right below the Conover Branch Library). It’s offered in partnership with NCWorks, the Catawba County Partnership for Children, and Catawba County Schools.

Join us for any and all of these important sessions, and stay tuned for more programs dealing with the topic of opioid abuse later in the year.