A town hall meeting is planned in Brenham to address a growing nationwide problem. The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Blinn College Student Center conference room. The meeting will discuss the national opioid crisis and its effect on the Brazos Valley. The panel for the town hall meeting will include experts from health care, pharmacology, law enforcement, and addiction counseling. The meeting will be moderated by Bill Roberts with BVCASA.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 1,375 opioid-related overdose deaths in Texas in 2016. Since 2010, the number of heroin-related deaths steadily increased from 260 to 530 deaths, and deaths attributed to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) rose from 156 to 250. The number of deaths in Texas related to opioid abuse may be artificially low because not every death receives an autopsy, often the only definitive way to determine the cause of death.
The town hall meeting will also provide hands-on training on how to administer Narcan which can be used to return normal body functions to an opioid overdose victim in a matter of minutes. For more information about the town hall meeting call 979-846-3560.