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Symposium Tackles Opioid Epidemic in Salisbury

Posted: 07/18/2017 17:38:00 -04:00 Updated:
A panel of community leaders held an opioid and addiction coalition at Salisbury University (Photo: WBOC) A panel of community leaders held an opioid and addiction coalition at Salisbury University (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.-- The spotlight was shown today on the growing opioid epidemic taking place across Delmarva. A regional opioid and addiction coalition held a symposium at Salisbury University to talk about treatments and possible recovery initiatives.

Community officials from across the Eastern Shore are working together to tackle the crisis. The coalition is believed to be the key that helps fight the epidemic.

During the meeting, officials went over treatments while trading stories with one another about successes and set backs they've faced.

Twenty three year old, Pastor Bryan Lloyd has experienced first hand the battle against addiction.

"My whole life was consumed with heroin. I couldn't do anything, go anywhere, couldn't make any decisions without first getting my shot of heroin each day so that I could just feel better," Lloyd said.

He also shared his stories of darkness, explaining the pain and hopelessness he endured.

"Each day had to start with heroin and each day had to end with heroin," he said.

The governor's office says that Lloyd's story as well as the hundreds of other's across the peninsula are what makes this prevention so important to them.

"What we're going to do is going to identify the best practices maybe in Western Maryland, share them with Eastern Maryland. We take these best practices, share them across the street, raise the bar -- we'll start making a difference," Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center Clay Stamp said.

The treatment plans discussed today at the meeting included recovery schools, tackling stigma, and setting up urgent care centers.

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