By the end of Campbell County’s first ever forum addressing the county’s opioid and illegal drug epidemic, more than 9,500 people viewed the event through Facebook Live. Those numbers are our verified numbers and do not include numbers for sharing, or views after-the-fact.
The panel, comprised of a judge, politicians, pharmacists, medical providers, drug and alcohol counselors, educators and law enforcement spoke of the problem that every Campbell Countian is fully aware of, offering what we currently have in place to support addicts, as well as looking forward to possible solutions that may or may not come in the future.
The important thing that happened tonight is that the public conversation began. There were many questions posed to the panel through Facebook and texts to representatives of The Volunteer Times. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we were unable to ask and get answers to all of them. Rest assured, your questions will be looked at and will be considered in future forums, or in future conversations.
Not to be overlooked were the number of agencies and resources available to addicts on hand to tell about what they services they can offer. Some of the concerns voiced from the online public were access to these resources regarding insurance and how these resources could be found by the public.
Some frustration was voiced online regarding a central location where addicts and family members can find these organizations quickly. The Volunteer Times was already, and still is going to roll out an online tool that can be used to find these agencies for those truly seeking help. That resource will be available within 72 hours at https://www.facebook.com/Volunteer-Times-Community-Drug-Forum-156927334996190/
For those watching the forum online, you should know that once the cameras stopped rolling, the conversation continued. As Judge Shayne Sexton said a lot of the people in the room deal with this issue but aren’t regularly in a room together to talk about it. Following the event, the panelists, help organization representatives and members of the public in attendance got together, talked and shared information with each other.
We at The Volunteer Times want to thank our panelists for taking part in this first forum, and we also want to thank those organizations in attendance who dedicate their efforts to helping people escape from drug addiction. We also want to thank the members of the public who attended and we urge our online viewers to take part in our future conversations and forums.
For those who did not see the forum live, it is available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/TheVolunteerTimes/videos/2279444492069595/
This is an issue that affects many, if not all Campbell Countians in some way whether directly or indirectly. Being at the forefront of the opioid epidemic, Campbell County is also in a unique position to rally our ranks and battle this problem together. We hope that this first panel raised some thoughts and possible solutions for how we can help those who need it most in our county – the addicts.