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Michigan Leaders Address Painkiller, Heroin Addiction At Conference

"Lt. Governor Brian Calley, chairman of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, speaks Tuesday at a community conference about the opioid-abuse epidemic at the Macomb Intermediate School District in Clinton Township, sponsored by Operation Rx. "

 

Lt. Governor Brian Calley, chairman of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, speaks Tuesday at a community conference about the opioid-abuse epidemic at the Macomb Intermediate School District in Clinton Township, sponsored by Operation Rx. Ray Skowronek--The Macomb Daily 

By Macomb Daily staff

POSTED: 01/27/16, 2:56 PM EST | UPDATED: 4 HRS AGO

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Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, speaks at the opioids-addiction conference Tuesday at the MISD in Clinton Township. Ray Skowronek--The Macomb Daily 

 

More than 300 people listened to presentations from two top state leaders Tuesday about opioids-abuse, at a conference staged by Operation Rx in Macomb County.

 

 

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, chairman of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade were highlighted speakers at the event held at Macomb Intermediate School District offices in Clinton Township. It was designed to help professionals and the public combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

 

 

In 2014, there 270 drug overdose deaths in Macomb County, 106 related to heroin and 91 related to opiate pain medications, according to the county medical examiner.

 

 

Sponsors included Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, county Office of Substance Abuse, MISD, and county Health Department.

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