Event in Wilmington to share ideas on best ways to deal with the health care crisis
WILMINGTON -- A symposium aimed at finding better ways to combat the region's heroin epidemic will be held later this month in Wilmington.
The idea was to broaden approaches taken to prevent access to heroin and opioids and learn better ways to treat those addicted to substances, said U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C., who is hosting the event.
"The goal is to bring thought leaders together and share best practices so they can be applied throughout the district," Rouzer said. "It's district-wide, focused on all nine counties."
Rouzer, who is running for re-election in November, said the symposium will have panels focused on four areas: combating the stigma of addiction, examining treatment and resources for recovery, identifying ways to prevent addiction and on how best to enforce laws around drugs.
He said the event will feature treatment experts, law enforcement personnel and health care professionals.
"My goal with this is to bring all the right people together," Rouzer said.
The event, which will be open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 30 at the Coastline Convention Center. It will also be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube for anyone not able to attend.
Rouzer, whose congressional district stretches from Brunswick County in the south to Johnston County in the north, said he hopes he can host a second symposium.
"We'll see how this one goes and may do another one in the northern part of the district in the future," he said.
Reporter Tim Buckland can be reached at 910-343-2217 or Tim.Buckland@StarNewsOnline.com.