Town Hall: Unmasking Opioids in Middle Georgia

    Host Mark Hyman leads a town hall on the effect of opioids in Middle Georgia. Sponsored by River Edge Behavioral Health/Sinclair Broadcast Group<p>{/p}

    MACON, Ga. -- Join Sinclair Broadcast Group and River Edge Behavioral Health for a town hall on the effect of opioids in Middle Georgia.

    The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that in Georgia alone, there were 918 opioid-related deaths in 2016.

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    In 2013, Georgia health providers wrote 90 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people -- that's about nine million prescriptions overall.

    The town hall will stream live on WGXA.TV Thursday, February 21, from Macon, at 7 p.m. (EST)/4 p.m. (PST). You can also watch it on ABC 16 starting at 7 p.m.

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    Panelists include: Dr. Shannon Gordon, CEO of River Edge Behavioral Health, Bibb County sheriff David Davis, Bibb County School District superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, and recovering addict Joel Sizemore.

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