It’s a public health crisis that has swept the nation. Now the Common Table Health Alliance is looking for a solution.
A panel of local and national experts were on hand Tuesday to discuss “The Opioid Crisis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.
In the United States, overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. In Shelby County, 17 people die of an opioid overdose each month.
Panelists say the solution must focus on prevention and treatment not criminalization.
“We’re working with folks who are broken, so we have to make sure that our system is not broken. We have a broken system trying to address broken people and that is not going to work,” said Dr. Tionna Jenkins, Senior Advisor with the Clinton Foundation
Three local health leaders were also honored Tuesday. The Common Table Health Alliance says all three advanced an important aspect of health equity and the education of health care professionals.