National talk show host to be part of Dayton opioid forum

A nationally-known radio personality will be participating in a Dayton forum on the opioid epidemic.

Tom Joyner of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" will be in the Dayton area this week for a listening party and event for 92.1 FM. WROU radio.

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As part of his visit, he will take part in the Opioid Epidemic Community Forum, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Wright Dunbar Conference Center, 1100 W. Third St.

Ziks Family Pharmacy is organizing the forum that will also include Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, representatives from Dayton's trauma centers, Dayton police, clergy members and mental health professionals.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is expected to give opening remarks during the free event that partly celebrate the 15th anniversary of Joyner's "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" campaign.

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Nnodum Iheme, the owner and pharmacist of the business located at 1130 W. Third St. in Dayton's Wright-Dunbar neighborhood, says the opioid epidemic is worse than the crack epidemic.

Panelists will examine initiatives taking place locally to combat the crisis, including the Drug Enforcement Agency’s DEA 360 Degree Strategy, a press release says.

Launched this summer,  the program is a three-fold training approach involving law enforcement, physicians and pharmacists.

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