September 6, 2018
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HYPE – Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts in partnership with Hancock Resource Center and the Hancock County Library System host “Community Conversations on Opioid Abuse”
Opioid Abuse was the topic of the night at the Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis, MS on Thursday August 30, 2018. The event, which was sponsored by HYPE – Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts, Hancock Resource Center and the Hancock County Library System began with a short clip from the documentary “Chasing the Dragon” followed by a panel of experts having an open and honest conversation with community members about the opioid epidemic in Hancock County.
Speakers included Rhonda Rhodes, President, Hancock Resource Center; Casey Favre, Director of Health Services, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; Pam Cross, Regional Director, MDCPS (Hancock and Pearl River Counties); Michael Fay, Emergency Room Director, Ochsner Medical Center Hancock; Nancy Clark, CASA Advocate; Daryl Russell, Lieutenant, Hancock County Sheriff’s Dept. Narcotics Division; and Leo Hawkins, Hancock County resident.
The event was open to the public, with approximately 36 people in attendance. It was a successful evening and the hope is that those in attendance are able to go out and continue the conversation with peers, coworkers, children and fellow community members.
For more information or to make a donation to HYPE, contact Cathy Pitalo at (228)463-8887 or email to HYPE@hancockhrc.org. You can also learn more about HYPE at www.believethehypehancock.org