On Thursday, December 12, from 6-8pm, Welia Health will host a documentary screening and panel discussion on the opioid epidemic. “Change the Outcome” is the story told by Colleen Ronnei and her family’s journey through addiction, recovery and the ultimate loss of her son to an opioid addition. Parents, caregivers, young adults and high school students are urged to attend.
The documentary reveals the gap between most kids’ beliefs about drug use and the reality: what an addict really looks like, how commonplace addiction really, and how mental health and substance use often go hand in hand. It shares honest stories of young adults and others who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic and addiction.
Following the screening, Change the Outcome, the non-profit organization who produced the documentary will lead an open panel discussion. Change the Outcome organization is dedicated to combating addiction through educational initiatives for parents, caregivers and young people. Public Health officials will also be available to provide real-time information on the opioid situation in Mora and surrounding communities by offering candid answers to questions from the audience. Critical topics like recognizing an overdose, Naloxone/Narcan, the Good Samaritan Law, safe medication disposal, and local support resources will be addressed.
The event will be held at Welia Health’s Mora campus in the meeting rooms on the first floor. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Please call 320.225.3328 or email info@WeliaHealth.org by Friday, December 6, to register.
All are welcome to attend this free event. Coffee, water and dessert will be served.
This special event is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Innovations Grant from DHS, Kanabec County Community Health and Welia Health.