First United Methodist Church of Billings, Montana to host panel addressing opioids

First United Methodist Church of Billings, Montana to host panel addressing opioids

First United Methodist Church of Billings, Montana to host panel addressing opioids
4/3/2018

The Mental Health Friends Network of the First United Methodist Church in Billings, Montana has put together a panel of experts to address the opioid issue in the area to kick off May's Mental Health month on April 29.

The panel will address this issue from their areas of expertise. The faith community wants to increase public awareness about the opioid issue, start a conversation, and be part of the solution.

General public knowledge of opioid and prescription drug misuse is far less than what those in direct contact with opioids experience. There are ways to slide into addiction. There are also safeguards people should know to keep drugs out of the wrong hands. What are the proper uses for these drugs?

Panelists will address:

  • Substance abuse: demographics, access, family impact, crime, addiction, prescription drugs related to illicit drugs, ways people slide into addictive use 
  • Drug overdose and related deaths
  • Substance abuse disorders, as many substance abuse issues are a co-occurring mental health issue
Panel members:
  • Moderator: Brian Hunter, Director of Youth Ministry, Billings First United Methodist Church
  • Yellowstone County Deputy, Sheriff Robert Lester
  • Erin Harris, MSW, FBI Victim Specialist  
  • Jim Hajny, Executive Director, Montana Peer Network
  • Family effected by drug overdose, Carol and John Keenan, parents of Mary Kate
  • First Responder
When: Sunday April 29
Program: 12:30 p.m. 
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (free will offering - suggested $15)
Reservations needed for lunch.

Where: Billings First United Methodist Church, 2800 4th Avenue North, Billings, Montana 59101 (please enter through the 4th Avenue doorway) 

Contact Billings First UMC at 406-245-3002 or e-mail bfumc@billingsfirst.org or contact Carole Jones at 406 - 259-6672 or candejon@gmail.com.


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