Forum to raise awareness of opioid epidemic


Staff Writer

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The town of Red Oak is collaborating with two other area organizations to hold an Opioid Awareness Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Red Oak Methodist Church.

The Red Oak Methodist Church is teaming up with the town of Red Oak and the Still Standing Support Group to host the event, which will feature presentations by several area officials, including Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone; Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore, Nash County Manager Zee Lamb; Nash County Commissioner Lisa Stone, Amanda Flory from Coastal Plain Hospital, Heather Moore from Anchorholds Inc. and Mike and Becky Cannon from the JCans Foundation. WRAL-TV reporter Bryan Mims will moderate the event.

“In the community of Red Oak, we have had many lives affected by this issue,” said the Rev. David Joyner, pastor of Red Oak Methodist Church. “I know of at least four families that have suffered deaths because of this issue in the last two years, and many other families have seen this issue take a huge toll on their families.”

Joyner said the town of Red Oak has teamed up with the church in the past to confront social issues in the community, so this partnership was a “no-brainer.”

“Since this issue is having such a big impact on our community, we felt we could keep silent no longer.” Joyner said. “We decided it was time to educate people about the opioid crisis.”

The panel of experts from various fields will discuss the opioid crisis in this area and provide helpful advice about dealing with everyday situations involving opioids. For more information about the event, call Joyner at 252-937-9300 or email him at djoyner@nccumc.org.