Opioid addiction, overdoses preventable through collective action, panelists say

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center physician Dr. Emily Kauffman (fourth from left) speaks as the other International Overdose Awareness Day panelists look on.

In observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, The Ohio State University hosted the Columbus Dispatch at the Fawcett Center for an Aug. 31 panel discussion about the opioid epidemic in central Ohio and strategies to prevent and treat addiction.

“What Is the State of the Opioid Crisis in Our Community?” was part of the Columbus Dispatch Columbus Conversation series. The event brought together medical professionals, community health advocates and public safety officials to share information and best practices to help people experiencing addiction and their families in achieving sustained recovery.