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Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics tries to tackle opioid abuse

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics tries to tackle opioid abuse

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Opioid abuse is on the rise in Mississippi and now agencies are coming together to try and combat the growing problem

"Once people get addicted it's a downhill slope often times," said John Dowdy, Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Department of Mental Health, and the Board of Pharmacy are starting a grass roots initiative to stop the abuse of opioids in our state.

"Families are destroyed, children suffer the consequences, and people lose their jobs as a result of addiction," Dowdy said. "Just because you got it from a doctor doesn't mean it's okay."

Opioids are powerful pain relievers legally prescribed, but often misused.

Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, codeine, and fentanyl are just a few to name. Often times, the misuse creates a greater urge for the user to turn to heroin.

Dowdy said this team of three will host town hall meetings in the metro area and across the state in hopes of educating the public on the problem and how it can stop.

"People, the public, they don't necessarily see the stigma as if it's methamphetamine or cocaine," Dowdy said. "But, the problem is the prescription pain killers that are being dispensed in the state are equally addicting as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin."

The first meeting will be held in Brandon at the Civic Center on May 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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