Miami Valley opioid struggles focus of Dayton conference

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Medical professionals and addiction advocates are collaborating to find a solution to the continued opioid epidemic in the Miami Valley.

The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is hosting a 2-day conference at the UD Marriott.

The conference is part of a broader effort to tackle addiction and overdoses in the community.

The Prescription Opioid Branch of COAT hopes to educate drug prescribers on the dangers of the drugs they’re prescribing.

According to the DEA, between 1999 and 2015, the amount of opioids prescribed per person has tripled. Research shows prescription opioids can lead to abuse and addiction.

Speakers at the conference are addressing best practices and encouraging other ways to manage pain.

“It’s a dialogue of people who have been addicted to opioids and physicians to come together to learn ways to manage pain, manage chronic pain and acute pain, without using opioids,” said Barb Marsh, the Assistant to the Commissioner for Dayton Public Health.

In 2017, 566 pepole died from overdoses in Montgomery County alone. Health officials say nearly 25 percent of those deaths involved prescription opioids.

The conference wraps up Thursday.

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