Thursday, April 27, 1:45–3:10pm
Thursday, May 4, 6:30pm
Fishburn Auditorium, Old Slack Hall
A panel of experts will discuss the rise of opioid abuse within the Roanoke Valley, how to help prevent young people from becoming addicted, and ways of helping those affected.
Former U.S. Attorney John Fishwick
Roanoke County Prevention Council Nancy Hans
Special Agent: Virginia State Police Joe Crowder
American Addiction Center Terrence Engles
Special Guest Janine Underwood, parent of son lost to overdose
The number of opioid-related fatal overdoses has been climbing steadily in recent years. Since 1990, the number of Americans who have died from these overdoses has increased by more than 500 percent.
According to the New York Times: "Among those 15 to 44 — the age group in which drug overdose accounts for the greatest share of deaths — there are vast differences across racial categories and between urban and rural places. Despite the perception of the epidemic as primarily afflicting the rural working class, drug overdoses account for a greater percentage of deaths among the young in large cities and their suburbs, with urban and suburban whites most at risk."