State Rep. Joseph Bellino, of Monroe, today invited residents to an upcoming public town hall titled “Letâ€™s Talk About Opioids.”
The event will run from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 15 at St. Mary Catholic Central School, located at 108 W. Elm Ave. in Monroe.
“This is a serious matter in southeast Michigan and all across the state,” Bellino said. “I welcome input from people so we can churn out ideas on how to further address this problem and hear if what we’ve been able to do is working. This dialogue is pivotal to developing solutions.”
Bellino’s proposal requiring medical professionals to consult with patients when prescribing an opioid-based medication was part of a wide-ranging effort to address abuse, expand treatment and increase awareness during the last year. Bellino’s plan was signed into law last year.
According to the most up-to-date numbers provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 1,762 opioid-related overdose deaths in Michigan in 2016.
“This is a fight for people’s well-being, and it’s one I want to be on the front line for,” Bellino said. “I want to work with residents and experts locally so we can bring this problem to a halt. I welcome anyone who is interested to attend.”