Program Wednesday explores opioid crisis

A free program, “Examining the Opioid Crisis in Indiana,” will explore why Indiana and America are in the midst of an opioid crisis.

The 6:30 p.m. Wednesday session also will look into how the crisis is affecting increases in HIV and hepatitis C infections. It is being hosted by the Bartholomew County Democratic Party and will be held at Democratic headquarters, 1417 Chestnut St., Columbus.

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 meeting is open to the public.