Panhandle perspective on national opioid crisis will be addressed at forum

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
Rep. Four Price and his House Select Committee on Opioids
Courtesy Rep. Four Price

The Amarillo branch of the NAACP and Panhandle PBS will tackle the issue of opioid abuse and addiction with the first of their Community Conversations for 2018.

The Opioid Crisis: A Community Conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave.

Panhandle PBS Senior Producer Karen Welch will moderate a discussion that will include state Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo), who chairs the new House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse; Amarillo Police Chief Ed Drain; and Martha D. Burkett, director of residential services for Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs.

Participants in the Amarillo discussion will touch on information about opioid use and abuse in Texas and our region, how the crisis came to be, treatment and recovery, and societal issues associated with abuse of the drugs. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

Panhandle PBS streams the events via Facebook Live, as well as posting the captured video on its website,

Due to the live stream, Amarillo NAACP and Panhandle PBS ask that audience members be in their seats ready for the event to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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