FORT WAYNE – Nearly a thousand leaders are attending a statewide opioid summit in Indianapolis tomorrow, including some from Northeast Indiana. Justice professionals from all 92 counties in the state will be represented.
The Statewide Opioid Summit: A Medication Assisted Treatment and Addictions Primer for Justice Professionals will take place Wednesday, July 25. The Indiana Supreme Court is convening teams from every county as part of the judicial branch’s pledge to help fight the public health crisis. Judges, prosecutors, public defenders, chief probation officers, law enforcement, Department of Child Services, community leaders, and medical professionals will attend educational sessions.
The science, legal implications and treatment of opioid addiction will be discussed in depth by nearly 1,000 state leaders.
Fort Wayne Police Department’s vice and narcotics captain Kevin Hunter will be in attendance, looking for solutions.
“Treatment is really one of the lacking areas that we need to do better at here in Allen County,” he explained.
Hunter’s has one main question at the summit.
“How can we properly use medical assisted treatment with people in the criminal justice system and how is that going to benefit us as a community.”
For Noble County Circuit Court Judge Michael Kramer, he’s trying to keep the crisis out of his county.
“We’ve not been overrun with the opioids, but I tell everyone it’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time.”
He likes the message the summit is sending.
“I think it means people care and people are listening and want to do something,” he continued. “It’s a tragedy that there are more people dying from overdose deaths than car accidents and it can be prevented, treated, and it can be dealt with. It doesn’t have to happen.”
Justice professionals statewide are feeling encouraged.
“Inspiration, motivation, we’re feeling all of it because the more that we work together and we’re all on the same page, hopefully we’ll resolve this issue or get it working towards a resolution,” Hunter said.