Janie Findlay, an Opioid Task Force member, discusses the upcoming Opioid Summit set for Tuesday, July 23.

Opioids are a topic of concern locally as well as nationally, and a local organization wants to bring more education and awareness to the issue.

To do so, the Opioid Task Force is sponsoring an Opioid Summit Tuesday, July 23, at the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University.

Janie Findlay, an Opiod Task Force member, said there will be several guest speakers and presenters on hand to provide information about use, abuse and alternative treatments for addiction.

“The purpose of the summit is to make the public aware of this situation in the state of Missouri,” Findlay said. “It’s also to provide education for those medical providers, nurses, anybody that’s working with children and just the public in general.”

Dr. Angeline Stanislaus, Missouri Department of Mental Health chief medical director, will be one of the guest speakers. She will discuss the implementation of a statewide program through a State Targeted Response grant that’s aimed at prevention and treatment.

Eric Stone, another guest speaker, will talk about losing his mother to an overdose, how he has struggled with her absence and his own journey with substance abuse.

The summit is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program lasts through 4 p.m. Free breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Alonzo Weston can be reached at alonzo.weston@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPWeston.