Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to Host Community Conversation on Substance Use Prevention and Treatment – “The Deadly Truth”

In an effort to raise awareness of the devastating impact of opioid addiction, the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) will host its next Community Conversation on Substance Use Prevention and Treatment – “The Deadly Truth” on Thursday, February 24. 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The virtual event will provide first-hand accounts from people in recovery, substance abuse prevention strategies, and barrier-free ways to access treatment.

“The Deadly Truth” will also include contributions from subject matter experts who will provide guidance for families of drug addicts or people seeking help for themselves by discussing how to recognize the problem.

“This community conversation about substance use prevention and treatment is an important opportunity for BHDD to work with community partners to reach some of the most vulnerable groups in our county,” said County Opioid Coordinator Lynnette Allen. of Fulton. “Despite the increase in overdose cases, unity is strength to fight this epidemic. We must all play a role in helping our citizens by focusing on prevention, availability of resources and improving access to care.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 932,364 Americans died from drug overdoses from 1999 to 2020. Additionally, drug addiction is the fourth leading cause of death in our nation, surpassed only by heart disease, cancer and more. recently – COVID-19 .

“Ultimately, we are committed to ensuring that people have immediate access to barrier-free services,” said LaTrina Foster, director of Fulton County BHDD. “Taking that first step towards healing is difficult; therefore, when a person makes that decision, we need them to know that we are there, available and ready to serve.

For more information about the Community Conversation on Substance Use Prevention and Treatment – “The Deadly Truth”, please call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-7013or email Lynnette Allen at: lynnette.allen@fultoncountyga.gov.

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