Turning Point Partners with Hearts for Hope and Healing for Town Hall: A Call to Action

October 24th, 2017 | By Brian Sullivan

*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****

 

DATE: October 26, 2017

LOCATION:

Bellevue Baptist Church

2000 Appling Rd

Cordova, TN 38016

TIME:

6:30-8:30 CST

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Turning Point:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Turning Point

340 Stateline Rd.

Southaven, MS 38671

P: 901.949.7926

Hearts for Hope and Healing

Becky Tramel Farruggia

Founder/President

[email protected]

Hearts for Hope and Healing

3900 New Covington Pike

Ste. 112

Memphis, TN 38128

P: 901.949.3702

 

Turning Point Partners with Hearts for Hope and Healing for Town Hall: A Call to Action

CORDOVA, Tenn. (October 25, 2017) – Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan of Turning Point, MidSouth leader in alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health treatment, will join Hearts for Hope and Healing’s Danny Cosby, Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings, Memphis Police Department Special Operations Organized Crime Unit Colonel Paul Wright, Memphis Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Chief Brad Rust, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Inspector Mark Kellerhall, for Town Hall: A Call to Action This Thursday at 6:30pm CST at Bellevue Baptist Church.

 

“This is the public’s opportunity to join in the fight to end this epidemic sweeping our city, our country and our nation,” says event organizer and Hearts for Hope and Healing Founder and President Becky Tramel Farruggia. “Please come, voice your concerns and have your questions answered.”

 

The opioid epidemic is an extreme urgency in the MidSouth and it will take the entire community coming together to combat it.

 

“We cannot underestimate the power of just one person in the community and their power to save lives,” says Turning Point Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan. “This public health crisis affects everyone, and we are stronger when we lock arms and fight together.”

 

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve press seating or schedule an interview with any of the speakers before or after the panel, contact Hearts for Hope and Healing Founder and President Becky Tramel Farruggia directly at [email protected] or 901.949.3702. For any media inquiries involving Turning Point, Addiction Campuses or any of its affiliates, contact Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

SPEAKERS

Danny Cosby

Hearts for Hope and Healing

 

Director Michael Rallings

Memphis Police Department

 

Colonel Paul Wright

Memphis Police Department

Special Operations

Organized Crime Unit

 

A Shift Battalion Chief Brad Rust

Memphis Fire Department

Emergency Medical Services

 

Chief Inspector Mark Kellerhall

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

Turning Point

 

2016 Shelby County Drug Overdose Facts (Data from Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)

  • 197 total drug overdose deaths
  • 21.1 overdose deaths per 100,000 people
  • 1477 nonfatal outpatient overdoses treated
  • 653 nonfatal inpatient overdoses treated
  • 674,033 painkiller prescriptions written for pain (721 per 1000 people)
  • 150 opioid overdose deaths (16 per 100,000 people)
  • 72 heroin overdose deaths (8 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 112 outpatient visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (12 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 85 inpatient stays involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (9 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 42 inpatient stays involving heroin overdose (4 per 100,000 people) and 174 outpatient visits involving heroin overdose (19 per 100,000 people)

Glossary of Terms

Indicators – something that points to an issue or condition. Indicators are best used when comparable over time.

Mortality – death

Mortality Indicators

  • All Drug Overdose Deaths – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings. This indicator includes all overdose deaths, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). This indicator does not include: (1) deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), 2) deaths due to alcohol and tobacco, and 3) deaths that occur under the influence of drugs, but do not involve acute poisoning (e.g., a car crash that occurred because the driver was drowsy from taking a prescription drug).

 

  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve any opioid as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Opioids include both prescription opioid pain relievers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine, as well as heroin and opium. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural, Semi-synthetic and Synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids and Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve certain subcategories of prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined).Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve natural and semisynthetic opioids as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Natural and semisynthetic opioids include drugs such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve methadone as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Methadone is a synthetic opioid used both as a pain reliever and in medicated assisted therapy for drug dependence. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve heroin as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Inpatient Stay – a hospitalization.

Morbidity – amount of disease in a population.

Morbidity Indicators

  • All drug overdose emergency department visits – all drug overdose emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving heroin overdose – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • All drug overdose hospitalizations – all drug overdose hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving heroin overdose – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) – morphine milligram equivalents, is a way to calculate the total amount of opioids, accounting for differences in opioid drug type and strength.

Opioid – a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription.

Outpatient Stay – typically to an emergency department.

Nonfatal Drug Overdose – a drug overdose that does not cause death.

Rate – How many times something happens relative to the number of people in the population over a period of time.

 

ABOUT HEARTS FOR HOPE AND HEALING:

Hearts for Hope and Healing is an advocacy group of caring, involved family members of people dealing with addiction either personally or as the loved one of an addict. It exists not only to bring awareness to the Memphis/Shelby County area about the deadly dangers of heroin use, but it strives to put an end to all drug addiction by loving people. It is a faith-based organization that attacks the drug epidemic by going straight to the addicted and their loved ones as an advocate for life, by offering compassion and grace instead of condemnation. It offers compassion and grace instead of condemnation, and offers hope for families and friends who don’t know where to turn. Hearts for Hope and Healing believes in supernatural healing when hearts are transformed through faith. Its members are a group of passionate parents and family members who are fed up with the complacent attitudes too many tax supported programs embrace, and organizes to bring about action in the community.

 

ABOUT TURNING POINT:

Turning Point provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential / inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point Admissions Center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service, delivery, and thorough long term commitment to the client allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

 

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