The state director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says things are looking up when it comes to the battle against opioid abuse.
Lori Criss spoke at an addiction summit Friday at Youngstown’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel hall.
The fifth installment of the Youngstown Opioid Summit looked at prevention and dealing with childhood trauma.
Event organizers say they’ve learned a lot about treating addiction over the past few years. Now, they’re able to focus on its causes and prevention.
And now, more than ever, prevention starts with the youth.
“I do think we are turning the tide on the opiate crisis specifically. Particularly with overdose deaths, we’ve done a lot at the state and federal levels but most importantly at local levels to increase the naloxone supply to reduce overdose deaths and to introduce therapies including new medication that help people avoid overdose specifically,” Criss said.
People from all branches of government and mental health services attended. They said the summit helps coordinate the local response.