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Opioid Town Hall to be held in Cedar Rapids Thursday

Public library to site of resource fair, meeting

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin made by Purdue Pharma LP sit on a shelf at a local pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017.   REUTERS/George Frey
FILE PHOTO: Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin made by Purdue Pharma LP sit on a shelf at a local pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Opioid Town Hall meeting and resource fair, scheduled for Thursday, will include free naloxone training and a discussion on what has become a national epidemic.

The event will take place 4 to 7 p.m. at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Avenue SE.

The resource fair will start in Beems Auditorium and will include free naloxone training by the Area Substance Abuse Council. The session also will include other community resources from local organizations working together to combat opioid issues.

The town hall will start at 5 p.m. in the adjacent Whipple Auditorium. The town hall will be a focused discussion on the national epidemic and how it relates to Eastern Iowa, according to a news release.

Sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative, the event is part of the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s efforts to combat opioid abuse through its partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, according to the release.

The event also will be presented by the Linn County Opioid Steering Committee and CRUSH of Iowa.

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