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Video: Health leaders continue to bring awareness to opioid addiction

Maggie Houin
Oxford Stories
mghouin@go.olemiss.edu

Bruce Toppin, chief legal officer of North Mississippi Health Services, and Dr. C. K. White, medical chief of North Mississippi Health Services, discussed the opioid crisis.

White said many people have friends or family members who are addicts, but you wouldn’t know by looking at them. Toppin said opioid addiction is more of a public health problem instead a criminal problem.

Both said it sometimes begins with using a drug to help with surgery or pain management. Unfortunately, once people become addicted, it sometimes spirals out of control.

White said they want to raise awareness about the problem. Refills will only be given upon another hospital examination, and the administration will take extra care when supervising the supply of these drugs to patients.

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