CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be hosting a substance abuse conference with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with several experts.

The conference will be held on Aug. 18 to discuss different methods in the fight against substance abuse.

DeWine will lead a conference entitled, “Taking Back Our Communities: Combating the Opiate Epidemic.”

“I am excited to once again partner with the Ohio attorney general in this important fight,” Morrisey said. “The conference will bring together different resources and allow us to continue our substance abuse work from a holistic approach.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from law enforcement, health care professionals, government officials and faith-based leaders who all share the goal of eliminating drug abuse in their communities.

Discussion topics will focus on educating community members to better understand drug addiction and what they can do to help those battling opioid abuse.

Many different organizations are working to end the state’s opioid problem and the conference will allow them to collaborate.

“The substance abuse epidemic affects us all, and we desperately need to address it,” said C3 Covenant Community Pastor Tim Orr. “I appreciate Attorney General Morrisey taking the first step to get everyone into the same room. A lot of people are not aware of what everyone else is doing. There is a lot going on with churches, hospitals and the government, and we look forward to learning about these efforts in order to better work together.”

The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at C3 Covenant Community Church in Wheeling. The event is free and open to the public; however registration is required as lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, go to OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/OpiateCrisis.

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