City of Lexington to hold town halls to discuss opioid crisis the next two Thursdays

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The City of Lexington’s Opioid Abatement Commission will hold town halls the next two Thursdays and they’re looking for suggestions on how to spend around 3-million dollars. The money is the city’s share of opioid settlement funds. Carmen Combs Marks, the city’s substance use disorder intervention coordinator, said public input, especially from those touched by the opioid epidemic, is vital.

“We want to hear what they have to say we want to hear their concerns. We want to hear ideas. And we want to be inclusive before making any types of decisions on how to spend this money that we’ve received.”

Marks said the town halls will be safe places for people, including those struggling with addiction, to attend and offer suggestions.

“We want to be able to provide resources, we want to be able to fill in the gaps of what’s missing here in Lexington and help to decrease the numbers of accidental overdoses, non-fatal and fatal overdoses.”

Marks said they also want to hear from people with friends or loved ones dealing with substance abuse problems.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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