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An average of three Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdoses.

COURTESY PHOTO: SEDCOR - Opioid abuse will be the topic of the next SEDCOR lunch meeting Nov. 8 in Salem.It's an epidemic without boundaries.

Sinking its poisonous tentacles into every socioeconomic group and impacting rural towns to big cities, the nation's opioid calamity kills 91 Americans every day.

Odds are you probably know someone with a current or past drug addiction. More than 2 million Americans are dependent on or abuse prescription pain pills and street drugs, namely heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oregon is not immune to the opioid crisis. According to the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation.

Celebrating 35 years as a leader in the region, Strategic Economic Development Corporation is hosting "Oregon's Opioid Crisis" starting at noon Nov. 8 at Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. N.E., Salem.

"The impact of the opioid crisis can be seen in every corner of our society, from the workplace to schools. It's a problem seen by law enforcement to our local hospitals," SEDCOR events manager Tami Lundy said. "I look forward to learning what the guest panelists have to share and encourage everyone to join me at this lunch to discover what each of us can do to combat this epidemic."

A policy adviser for the Office of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Jeff Rhoades will moderate panelists Dr. Amy Kerfoot, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson and Marion County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Supervisor Trish Davis on how the opioid crisis is impacting Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley. Rhoades and Kerfoot serve on the Gov. Brown's Opioid Epidemic Task Force, whose mission is to identify and implement efforts to address Oregon's opioid epidemic.

In Oregon, more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. An average of three Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdoses, and many more develop opioid use disorder.

The lunch is open to SEDCOR and community members. To register for the event, visit www.sedcor.com/events>www.sedcor.com/events.

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