Director of CDC to visit Huntington on Monday

August 26, 2018


HUNTINGTON — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield will visit Huntington on Monday, Aug. 27, to discuss the opioid epidemic and the local response in combating it while speaking at Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Regional Health Summit.

Redfield will also tour Lily’s Place, the nation’s first purpose-built neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment facility, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va.

“A national crisis like the opioid epidemic requires a national response, and West Virginia and Appalachia have been hit particularly hard by this crisis,” Jenkins said in a statement Friday. “CDC director Redfield will have a chance to speak with state and local leaders about how we can work together to combat this national crisis.”

The visit is similar to that of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who headlined the last Regional Health Summit in May.

Redfield has called the opioid epidemic “the public health crisis of our time,” according to a Washington Post report published just after his appointment to the directorship in March, adding that the crisis is a medical issue rather than moral and must be addressed as such.

“If any of you have tried to access care for addiction in this nation, I can guarantee you it’s complicated,” he said in an agency-wide address in March. “It needs to not be complicated.”

Redfield is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Mary’s Conference Center in Huntington. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required at regionalhealthsummit.org.

The Regional Health Summit brings under one roof health care providers, researchers, policymakers and community partners from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky to discuss the future of care in the region.

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