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State Leader on Combating Substance Abuse to Speak on Opioid Crisis

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Jennifer Lloyd, with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will speak at UC Blue Ash on February 15.

(Blue Ash, Ohio) – A statewide expert on the opioid crisis impacting Ohio and the nation will give a free presentation at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College on Thursday, February 15 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in Muntz Auditorium.

Jennifer Lloyd is the Director of Statewide Outreach on Substance Abuse for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She will speak at UC Blue Ash about the dramatic increase we are seeing in substance abuse and overdose deaths, and what the state is doing to provide solutions. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in Ohio in 2015; that number jumped to over 5,000 this past year. Lloyd says 70 percent of these overdoses are related to opioids.

Opioids can come in many forms. They are often painkillers such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Heroin is also an opioid and is illegal. In the past few years, the introduction of extremely potent synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil have coincided with the increase in overdoses.

“What we’re seeing with fentanyl and carfentanil, that’s a death sentence,” said Lloyd. “But the overdoses are not limited to street drugs, pills are killing people too. This is a very challenging problem.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has stated that Ohio is in crisis over this issue. The state recently unveiled a multi-pronged set of 12 initiatives called “Recovery Ohio” to help combat the growing problem.

Lloyd notes that the free presentation can benefit everyone, since so many of us unfortunately have a connection to this crisis. “One in three people have been in some way affected by opioids – whether it impacted them directly or it was someone they know,” said Lloyd. “I will provide an overview of what’s happening across the state, discuss the solutions we are working on through these initiatives, and talk about how each of us can help make a difference.”

This special presentation is being hosted by the Interprofessional (IPE) Committee at UC Blue Ash. It will complement the IPE training exercises that students in health care programs at UC Blue Ash will participate in on February 12 and 16. The hands-on training focuses on patient safety and communication during the treatment of a heroin overdose victim through a simulated real-life scenario. The IPE training brings together students from the health education, medical assisting, nursing, psychology/social work, and radiologic technology programs, along with the Blue Ash Fire and EMS departments, to collaborate in treating the patient. This is the fourth consecutive year that the college has conducted this training.

The presentation by Lloyd is free but seating is limited. Anyone who plans to attend is encouraged to register in advance by following the registration link below:

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You can get more information on the “Recovery Ohio” program being implemented by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

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