Hundreds attend 2nd Annual Substance Use Disorder Education Event

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Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 9:26 PM EDT
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Hundreds gathered in Pikeville for the second Substance Use Disorder Education Event Tuesday. Everyone who attended is working toward the common goal of reducing the impact of the drug epidemic on our local communities.

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive Director Jared Arnett says it is going to take everyone working together if there is any hope of overcoming the drug epidemic.

"That's how we started this morning. We said I don't know what the solution is but I know that we are gonna come to it together or we're not going to come to it," said Arnett.

Health professionals, social workers, law enforcement and politicians alike know it is going to take a host of resources for those leaving treatment.

"They immediately begin talking about their future and when they get out and what their workforce background is...their skills. Provide them training while they're going through their recovery. Housing all the way through. Housing all the way through," said Arnett.

Guest Speaker Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says recently passed legislation will help create those jobs.

"One of those bills of mine focuses on getting from recovery to work. Your recovery doesn't mean as much if there is no job waiting for you get through the process," said McConnell.

McConnell says we must fight this epidemic from all aspects.

"What we've been doing at the federal level is offering additional funds that can be applied for. And any group that is in addiction recovery who wants to apply for funding let my office know and we'll be glad to help," said McConnell.