The Prescription Opioid Overdose Epidemic

brent thompson nov 3 2015Presented by: 
Dr. Brent Thompson, Pharm.D. 
Pharmacy Director, FirstLight Health System 

What’s the leading cause of injury deaths among 25 to 64 year-olds in both Minnesota and the U.S.?

It is not traffic accidents.
Drug overdoses are the big killer, taking nearly 44,000 U.S. lives in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). More than half of those were from prescription drugs. They have become a common gateway to another, more affordable addictive scourge, heroin. Four out of five new heroin users in Minnesota are believed to have been first addicted to painkilling pills.

Dr. Thompson will address:

  • Current national, state, and local situation
  • Trends leading to the crisis
  • What’s being done
  • What more should be done

Please join us as we learn about the problem and
work toward developing solutions.

Nov. 3, 2015 @ 8:30am at the Kanabec County Jail Training Room, 100 S. Vine St., Mora, MN 

Presentation Flyer attached Opioid Overdose Epidemic Flyer

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