Summit in Little Rock about fight against opioids

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Criminal Justice Institute is partnering with Arkansas Overdose Program, Don’t Run Call 911, to hold a two-day summit discussing the opioid epidemic. 

Community Advisory Council Forum consists of law enforcement, community leaders, non-profits, and more. 

They are coming together at the Crown Plaza in Little Rock to hear from national experts about the issue of opioid abuse. 

The participants are learning about networking with others in the fight against opioid abuse, grant writing to help with funding, community buy-in, among other things. 

Johnny Cupples is with Celebrate Recovery from Benton. He’s one of about 150 people who are attending the forum.  

“We need to do something about this,” Cupples said. 

Pat Brannin with the Criminal Justice Institute says this summit helps communities come together to heal families impacted by opioid abuse and fight the problem from the ground up.   

“When you bring them all together now they can start coming together and see where they have things in common,” Brannin said. 

This program is teaching first responders how to tackle the problem of people impacted by drug abuse.

“Everyone needs to realize how serious this problem is and to find a way to get involved in eliminating this problem,” Cupples said.

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