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Lake Regional Hosts Opioid Health Talk for Public

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lake Regional invites the public to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, a free one-hour health talk scheduled 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the hospital.

This health talk is for anyone who wants to learn more about the risks of opioids, both prescription and illicit, as well as how to respond to an overdose.

“There are very few lives that aren’t affected by this issue in our communities and statewide,” said Billye Bennett, R.N., Lake Regional education coordinator.

Nationally, prescription and illicit opioids are the primary source of drug overdoses and death in the United States. Locally, Lake Regional Emergency Department received 104 patients suffering from an opioid overdose in 2018. Substance abuse, including opioid addiction, was one of the top health needs identified in Lake Regional’s 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Tony Kauten, PharmD, Lake Regional Pharmacy manager, will lead the health talk. He will explain who is at risk for an opioid overdose and overdose signs and symptoms. He also will explain how to respond to an overdose and how to get naloxone at a pharmacy.

The health talk is free but registration is required. Register at lakeregional.com/opioid.

Lake Regional offers a variety of educational programming throughout the year, including health talks on arthritis, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Several health fairs and screenings also are held annually throughout the lake area. For information on upcoming events, visit lakeregional.com/events.

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