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More than 100 attend conference
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More than 100 people attended The Epidemic is Here, a conference on drug abuse, at the county complex Friday. Shown from left are: Judge Bratten Cook, Dr. Stephen Loyd, John Rust (Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth), Kristy Longmire (Dekalb Co. Drug Court), Jessica Tucker (Dept. of Childrens Services), Shane Farris (Health Connect America), Bob Valerio (Bradford Health Services), Les Trotman (Dekalb County Drug Court), Lynda Loftis (Lifeline of Tennessee), Barb Kannaple (Smith County Anti-drug Coalition), Jennifer Matthews (Power of Putnam), Christi Colwell (Haven of Hope Counseling Center), Norene Puckett (Dekalb Co. Drug Court), Rita Bell and Kay Quintero (Haven of Hope Counseling Center), Sara Parker, and Shan Burklow (DeKalb Community Hospital).
Over one hundred people attended a healthcare conference called "The Epidemic is Here" Friday at the DeKalb Community Complex. The conference, first held in Cookeville in 2014, concerned the treatment and prevention of opiate addiction. The event was sponsored by DeKalb Community Hospital and The DeKalb County Drug Prevention Coalition, and combined a diverse committee including backgrounds in healthcare, social work, drug court, children’s services, and various charitable organizations.