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Hope Consortium Fights Opioid, Meth Problem In Northwoods

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems

With the backdrop of a one-year drop in Wisconsin opioid deaths, the HOPE Consortium has announced the third annual HOPE Consortium Conference that will be held on Aug. 26 and 27 at Nicolet Technical College, Rhinelander.

The HOPE Consortium was formed in 2015, is a partnership of organizations in northern Wisconsin that came together to address growing problems associated with opioid and methamphetamine use. The conference is designed for substance use disorder treatment providers, prevention professionals, criminal justice, human services, and community and tribal leaders.

Event coordinator is Danielle Luther of Marshfield Clinic Healh Systems. She says they feel they're stronger together.. "..Through those five counties and three tribes, there are 10 providers who have come together to address concerns with opioids and most recently methamphetamine. We look at gaps in services, we talk about strengths of consortium members. We offer trainings, networking, an email list serve to make sure we're pooling the best resources that we have..."

The theme of this year’s conference is self-care/mindfulness for professionals to avoid burnout. Experts on addiction and people leading agencies fighting addiction we be there.

Among the keynote speakers will be Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Walk-ins will be welcomed the day of the conference but there is a fee. More information is on the website

https://hopeconsortium.org/trainings.or call 715-387-9180.

We have a longer interview with Danielle Luther as the first segment of last Saturday's 'WXPR Saturday Edition' on the WXPR website.

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