Michigan to hold opioid town halls

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Opioids Task Force plan to hold two virtual opioids town hall meetings this month.

“We encourage members of the community and stakeholders to participate in these virtual town halls,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said. “We need to hear how the opioid epidemic has impacted each region of the state so we can develop solutions that resonate with all Michiganders. Local input is critical to us being able to turn the tide on this public health crisis.”

Michiganders are asked to participate only in the virtual town hall for the area where they live. Town halls will be held in Northern Lower Michigan on Wednesday and the Flint and Thumb Region on Friday.

MDHHS and the Michigan Opioids Task Force will share their strategy for combating the opioid crisis. Afterward, the agencies will ask for feedback from the public and will host a question-and-answer session.

The agencies seek to learn how the opioid epidemic has affected individuals, their families, and their communities; what services, programs, or policies residents feel would help address the crisis; and how to combat stigma.

The agencies will use the feedback to create a flexible crisis response plan.

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