Nationwide, overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This amounts to nearly 30% increase from the previous year. "What's really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply," said Shannon Monnat, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University who researches geographic patterns in overdoses. "Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way.”
How has Texas been impacted by fentanyl?
Texas A&M University Health Science Center reports between June 2019 and May 2020, Texas recorded a more than 50% increase in synthetic opioid deaths, primarily driven by ‘illicitly manufactured fentanyl.’
Attend a live discussion with local experts and expand your knowledge how fentanyl poisoning has impacted North Texas. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. Our discussion starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 27 at the Allen Public Library and the program is free. Submit questions until 8:00 p.m. that evening through firstname.lastname@example.org View the panel discussion virtually at 7 p.m. at allentx.swagit.com
Join the live discussion with Lieutenant Darrin Whitman and Officer John Booth of Allen Police Department. Lt. Whitman is a Drug Recognition Expert instructor (DRE), which includes courses for law enforcement officers, teachers, counselors, school nurses, and school administrators. Officer Booth serves a Student Resource Officer (SRO) at the Allen High School and is on the Allen ISD Threat Assessment team. They will be joined by Michelle Nietert, a LPC-S who has been equipping audiences in and out of the counseling office for over 25 years. She is the Clinical Director of Community Counseling Associates leading at staff of about 15 counselors offering Telehealth throughout the state of Texas in Allen, TX working alongside her pet therapy dog Dylan. She is a nationally published author with Harper Collins of two books with 4 more releasing in the next 2 years, including the award winning, best-selling Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotions for Girls and Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life.
With appreciation to Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon County (HCSC), New Jersey for producing this film. Thanks to Starlite Recovery, Stonegate Center, AMP Resources, Documentary Events® and Allen Police Department for organizing this local event at Allen Public Library. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.