DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama ranks high in the nation regarding opioid prescriptions, but officials say that the state has made improvements thanks to efforts in part to Auburn University.
Auburn University’s School of Pharmacy hosted an opioid training institute at Windmill Station in Dothan Thursday.
The educational event for community members is funded by a grant from the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
The grant has enabled Auburn University to host 19 opioid training institutes across the state. Organizers believe their next stop is in Troy.
“Alabama still ranks highest in the nation as far as prescriptions for opioids, but we’ve made progress. That number is actually declining part of that is due to the efforts in the state as far as education with prescribers,” Dr. Karen Marlowe said.
The event was free, open to the public, and included law enforcement, social workers, parole officers, and recovery experts.