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Congressman David Rouzer to host opioid ‘symposium’

With Wilmington ranked as having the highest opioid abuse rate in the entire nation, Congressman David Rouzer is planning an 'Opioid Symposium' to discuss the epidemic in southeastern North Carolina.

U.S. Representative David Rouzer speaks at the "beach town breakfast" about securing beach nourishment funding Friday. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
U.S. Congressman David Rouzer speaks at the “beach town breakfast” about securing beach nourishment funding Friday. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

WILMINGTON—Representing North Carolina’s 7th District, Congressman David Rouzer has announced plans to host a “symposium” to discuss the opioid epidemic.

The symposium is scheduled to include four different panels, featuring the “best and brightest” minds in the area, Rouzer said in the release about the event.

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According to Rouzer, the event has taken 10 months to plan. Linking resources among the 7th District’s rural and urban communities, the symposium will help connect experts with those in need, Rouzer said.

The Opioid Symposium will also serve as a resource for those who are either struggling or have a loved one struggling with addiction to learn where they can go for treatment and recovery in all nine counties across the 7th District,” Rouzer said.

Held at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington, the discussions will take place on Monday, July 30. For members of the district unable to attend, Rouzer plans to live stream the event on his  Facebook and Youtube pages.

Reservations to attend the free symposium, held between 6 and 8 p.m., are now open online.

READ MORE: Opioids in the Cape Fear: ‘One of the most frightening issues of our time’

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