The opioid epidemic is catastrophic to many communities across the country. In Ohio, several counties have been highlighted as the epicenter of some of the worst death tolls and drastic consequences to families and long held institutions. The debate is now raging around the role of public safety in this epidemic as some law enforcement leaders are backing away from administering naloxone or other lifesaving remedies. The criminal justice system and the emergency services agencies over overwhelmed with opioid crisis management. In this session we will talk about the role of public safety in the Opioid epidemic.
The session will be facilitated by Dr. Jonathan McCombs, Dean of the College of Health and Public Administration at Franklin University in Columbus, OH. He is a former police officer and now an educator out of the public safety degree areas who also was appointed to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board in Fairfield County, OH. His unique perspective having worked as a narcotics and vice investigator in law enforcement during the crack and meth epidemics will hopefully provide interesting points of discussion during the session.