Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years old. (source)
If you’ve read or watched local reporting, listened to campaign focuses of politicians in the last few years, or perhaps, been paying attention within your circle of friends and family – this might not be news to you. The opioid epidemic is close to home, quite literally in many families, and within our larger Midwest community. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified a statistically significant increase in drug overdose deaths in the state of Wisconsin from 2015-2016 (most recently available data) – an increase of 24.5% between 2015 and 2016 in Wisconsin. This rate is not only an alarming jump in the number of individuals facing drug addiction issues in Wisconsin, our rate of increase is higher than the increase in drug overdose deaths in all of our adjacent Midwest neighbors, excluding Illinois.
How did the opioid epidemic come to be such a stark reality in our communities? What policy and system solutions can be implemented to resolve the addiction and overdose issues faced by so many within our communities? How are local police departments working to address this issue?
Please consider joining us on Monday, April 2nd, for our second Face-to-Face Civility Event at the Neenah Public Library to learn more about this issue and discuss solutions. We will be joined by two guest speakers from the City of Neenah Police Department.
Face-to-Face Civility is a community civil discourse program hosted in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Neenah and Appleton Public Libraries. We’re seeking to raise the bar on education in communities on relevant and timely issues, and to encourage a culture of civil discourse on these challenging and polarizing issues. At a Face-to-Face Civility event, you can expect to meet fellow community members, hear a guest speaker give an informative presentation on the issue at hand, and engage in active, facilitated, small group discussions on how to resolve the issues. We’ll teach you how to use the tools of civil discourse to engage in conversation successfully and be there to facilitate and guide the conversation. The purpose of the evening is not to persuade other attendees of your perspective, it is rather to put into practice the art of respectfully engaging with others, regardless of whether you are in agreement.
Face-to-Face Civility: Finding Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
Monday, April 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI
This event is free and open to the public, no registration is required.