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Summit County's Opiate Abatement Advisory Council invites public input

Summit County's Opiate Abatement Advisory Council invites public input
The Summit County Public Health Opiate Abatement Advisory Council is seeking public input on how to allocate a $104 million opioid settlement.

The council was formed after Summit County Public Health joined 21 communities in suing opioid makers, distributers and pharmacies.“They’ve been very thoughtfully putting out dollars to help combat opioid use disorder and to help individuals become opioid free,” Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said.Skoda said the industry needs to encourage community engagement on public health issues.” In addition to the virtual meetings, Summit County Public Health has many addiction programs promoting harm reduction, such as a syringe exchange program, drug prevention education and provision of Narcan.

Summit County's Opiate Abatement Advisory Council wants guidance from community members on efforts to prevent and treat substance abuse.Upcoming virtual meetings will give community members the opportunity to advise the council and provide insight on issues of substance use and treatment.

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