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Summit Explores Solution to Opioid Abuse

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Dozens of community members turned out for an Opioid Impact Summit at Grants Pass High School Thursday night. Among the presenters was Rebecca Peterson who lost her son to an opioid overdose three years ago.

“His blood was a virtual pharmacy and so was his apartment,” said Peterson.

The impact summit focused on the increased opioid use in Josephine county and throughout the country. Several local agencies teamed up for the summit and dozens of community members spent the night searching for solutions.

“The folks from the community have an opportunity to brainstorm what they think needs to happen. Do we need more residential programs, do we need more detox beds, are there things the treatment community can do different,” said Choices Counseling director, Rick Jones.

Similar summits were held about 10 years ago to focus on meth and officials said progress was made then and can be made now.