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A roundtable discussion to address how the opioid crisis is ravaging the nation, and in particular Southern Illinois, is being held today in Edwardsville. The crisis will be discussed from a variety of perspectives, including that of lawmakers, public health agencies, and education and law enforcement professionals.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan tells The Big Z it's important to get input from all perspectives.
Click here for Hargan's comments
Part of the event, says Hargan, is the rollout of a new report by the Surgeon General, and information that they think will help in the response to opioid overdoses. 2017 was the second-deadliest year for drug-overdose deaths in Madison County, coming up just short of the record of 91 recorded in 2014.