Published on February 19, 2018

Essentia Health-Fosston holds forum on opioid abuse

Opioids claim the lives of too many people in our country and community. Their harsh, deadly reality can affect families, friends and neighbors. Next month, Essentia Health-Fosston will bring together experts in the community to try and combat the deadly opioid epidemic.

A forum, “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at New Journey Church, 505 Ninth St. NW, Fosston. It’s open to residents, community leaders, law enforcement, health officials and faith groups. A light supper will be provided free of charge. RSVP to Lynae Finseth at 218-435-7660 or Carrie Danielson at 218-435-7661.

“This forum could save lives,” says Dr. Cynthia Omokaro, a family medicine physician at Essentia Health-Fosston. “Opioid abuse is still very real and very deadly. We now know the true addiction opioids have and we are feeling its terrible effects.”

The forum will feature health care professionals, including an Essentia physician, a massage therapist and a chiropractor/acupuncturist. Also participating are members of the Polk County Drug Task Force, Northwest Mental Health, Polk County Public Health and Clearwater Life services. There will be booths featuring representatives of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, where one-on-one questions can be answered. 

“This is an opportunity for people to come together and get a clear look at this ugly truth,” says Dr. Omokaro. “Solving this crisis will take all of us.”