Organization unveils strategy to fight opioid epidemic

(Source: WNEM)

Local health leaders are trying to get a better handle on the opioid epidemic in Mid-Michigan.

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance is connecting health professionals with different organizations to see what strategies are working and what areas need improvement.

“This is a great turnout today. We’re excited to see all of the different sectors and different folks from across the region, as well as outside of our region that’s here just from the state of Michigan to help address the opioid epidemic,” said Beth Roszatycki, CEO of the MHIA.

The organization is doing what it can to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. On Wednesday, they unveiled an opioid regional strategy map to help streamline efforts in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“We’re excited for this awesome platform and the structure of this strategy map,” Roszatycki said.

Bay County Public Health Officer Joel Strasz is on the front lines in the war against opioids.

“It’s really hit our community pretty hard in the last three years,” he said.

Strasz served as a panel member at Wednesday’s meeting. He said the opioid epidemic is a public health issue.

“It’s making people ill. It’s killing people. And it affects all sectors of society,” Strasz said.

That is why Roszatycki said the people at the meeting have to be open to new solutions and sharing information like never before. She is confident the opioid regional strategy map, which is deemed a living document, can help do just that.

“It’s going to take different individuals from health systems, from colleges, from universities, from public health, community mental health to do this. We’re all going to have to work together,” she said.

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