Opi­oid, al­co­hol ad­dic­tion is fo­cus of PCCCA-hosted event

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From press re­lease

The head of the Polk School Dis­trict is hop­ing an ed­u­ca­tional event in Cedar­town aimed at rec­og­niz­ing the signs of opi­oid and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion will give mem­bers of her com­mu­nity some tools to help fight the cri­sis.

“Too Close to Ig­nore: The Cri­sis of Al­co­hol & Opi­oid Ad­dic­tion,” is a free pro­gram or­ga­nized by Wil­low­brooke at Floyd. It will take place this Thurs­day, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy, 167 Frank Lott Drive, Cedar­town.

A free din­ner will be pro­vided but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Reg­is­ter on­line at www.floyd.org/wil­low­brooke or call 706 509-3242.

School Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins said the com­mu­nity’s re­la­tion­ship with Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter is an im­por­tant one.

“We are proud of the con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and look for­ward to many more events that pro­mote well­ness, aware­ness and ben­e­fits for our en­tire county,” Atkins said.

The Polk event is part of Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Live Well Polk ini­tia­tive which has led to a part­ner­ship be­tween the hospi­tal and the Polk County school sys­tem. A goal of the part­ner­ship is to cre­ate events that re­sult in a health­ier com­mu­nity.

“We feel this is an event that can bring aware­ness of the im­pact al­co­hol and opi­oids have on a com­mu­nity,” said Atkins. “It is our hope that the au­di­ence will be able to walk away with an in­creased aware­ness of the dan­gers of ad­dic­tion, as well as the abil­ity to iden­tify signs of de­pen­dency.”

The event will be­gin with din­ner at 6:30 p.m. fol­lowed by a lec­ture and Power Point pre­sen­ta­tion for the first 20 min­utes. A panel dis­cus­sion will then take place and the pub­lic will be in­vited to ask ques­tions.

At­ten­dees will be given blank cards to write their ques­tions for pan­elists with­out hav­ing to be iden­ti­fied. Any­one who wishes can ask a ques­tion in pub­lic.

A sim­i­lar event in Floyd County will take place Tues­day, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Ware­house at West Rome Bap­tist Church, 914 Shorter Ave.

Wil­low­brooke at Floyd, a part­ner­ship be­tween Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Tan­ner Health Sys­tem, is a free­stand­ing, acute care be­hav­ioral health fa­cil­ity that pro­vides out­pa­tient and in-pa­tient treat­ment for chil­dren, teens and adults.

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