Local program on opioid crisis scheduled

The public is invited to an upcoming free program, “Examining the Opioid Crisis in Indiana.”

The 6:30 p.m. March 22 session will examine why Indiana and America is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and how the crisis is affecting increases in HIV and hepatitis C infections.

Sgt. Jay Frederick of the Columbus Police Department, a past president of the Bartholomew County Substance Abuse Council, is the featured speaker. Frederick will talk about current issues in managing the opioid epidemic.

Frederick also serves as chairman of the enforcement committee on the Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.

The program is hosted by the Bartholomew County Democratic Party and will be held at Democratic headquarters, 1417 Chestnut St., Columbus.