Public invited to free panel discussion on the opioid epidemic

11.16.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Nov. 30 panel will feature former NFL player Randy Grimes

PASADENA, Texas – As the United States tackles an opioid epidemic, more information is needed to provide people with the resources necessary to prevent and overcome addiction.

This is why San Jacinto College and the Bay Area Council on Drugs & Alcohol (BACODA) are partnering to present Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting to Create Change Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the College’s Central Campus in the Student Center Ballroom, C-14.264. 

Former NFL player Randy Grimes will lead the panel discussion on substance use disorder and the opioid epidemic. Panelists will include Jennifer Nelson with Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Josh Bruegger with the Pasadena Police Department, Jamie Edwards with The Refuge Center, and Dennis Sholler with the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

This is a free event that is open to the public, and CEUs are available. San Jacinto College Central Campus is located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. Anyone interested in attending may register for free online at http://bit.ly/bacodaregistration. For more information, email vanessa.ayala@bacoda.org.About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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