MDHHS to host northern MI town hall on opioid epidemic

A virtual town hall meeting will be held in fall for northern Michigan residents interested in providing feedback or learning more about the opioid epidemic that continues to impact much of the nation.

Specifically, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to learn how the drugs have impacted different regions of the state.

During the meeting, MDHHS and the Michigan Opioids Task Force will share a 2020 strategy to turn the tide on the crisis, seek feedback from the public and host a question and answer session on crisis response. Information gathered during the town halls will help the state develop a crisis response that is flexible and effective to fit the needs of communities from Detroit to Grand Rapids to Marquette.

The town hall for northern Michigan will be held Wednesday, September 23. More details on how to participate in the virtual meeting will be provided at closer to the event.

In 2018, Michigan recorded more than 2,000 opioid-related overdose deaths and more than 8,000 Michiganders have lost their lives to the epidemic in the last five years.