Public forum on opiate epidemic Thursday in Morehead City

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MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - A special forum will be held Thursday in Morehead City to discuss the opiate epidemic.

The forum will be held at the Carteret Community College's Joslyn Hall, located at 3505 Arendell St., from 6-8 p.m. The doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. The forum is hosted and sponsored by Citizen's Coalition Carteret and is designed to inform and educate the community on this important issue. There will be a panel discussion with experts who deal with the issue on a regular basis. They include: -- Asa Buck, Sheriff, Carteret County -- Scott Thomas, District Attorney, NC Prosecutorial District 3B -- Jimmy Farrington, Commissioner, Carteret County -- Steve Mange, North Carolina Attorney General's Office -- Deanna Campbell, Southern Regional Director, Trillium Health Resources -- Dr. Jarod Cruthis, Director, Loaves and Fishes -- Don Mrdjenovic, CEO, Carteret Counseling Services -- Rich Chadwick, Counselor, LPC Addictions -- Dr. Maqsood Ahmed, Physician, LPC Addictions -- Ashley Guiendon, Recovering Treatment participant Panelists will provide the public with background information on the scope of the problem, discuss current and ongoing efforts that address the problem and offer ways citizens can become involved in dealing with this issue.

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