The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The Opioid Epidemic

With over 130 American deaths per day in 2017, the opioid crisis has contributed largely to the downward trend in the life expectancy in the U.S. for the second year in a row. Here in the Sunshine State, an increasing number of Floridians have had their lives interrupted or lost to opioids -- but there are real solutions that can help us save lives both locally and across the state. During the first Hot Topic luncheon of the New Year we will explore the numbers behind the opioid epidemic in Florida with a discussion of practical harm reduction and treatment solutions to help end the crisis, such as naloxone, a life-saving opioid reversal drug.

Our presenter will be Stephanie Moody-Geissler, MPH, an epidemiologist who for over a decade has worked in various fields of public health, from mosquito disease in Florida to Ebola in West Africa. For the past several years Stephanie has been focusing on local and statewide efforts to address the opioid epidemic while based here in Tallahassee.

Come join us in learning about this important issue!

Date: Wednesday, January 23

Time: 11:30 a.m. -- 1:00 p,m.

Menu: Marinated Pork Loin or Spinach over Penne Pasta

Location: Four Points by Sheraton

316 West Tennessee Street

Cost: Members - $22 Nonmembers - $25

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.

Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, January 19, those who cancel late must reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations or find someone to take their places at the Hot Topic.