Source to Solution Symposium to fight addiction in Lubbock

Source to Solution Symposium to fight addiction in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Earlier this fall the city announced an initiative to address addiction. Sheriff Kelly Rowe calls it a substantial problem in our area. 

The Source to Solution Addiction and Rehabilitation Symposium will focus on preventing addiction and recovering from it. The plan is to unite public, private and non-profit enterprises and target the problem at its source. 

"If you really dig into some of our problems with mental health and law enforcement, we often find addiction issues there. There are a lot of resources for recovery and I think we are trying to educate in that regard," Mayor Dan Pope said. "A lot of partners, I know that you're going to help us out with that. It will be a great event at Texas Tech, some of their professionals, the health system, Randy Christian might appear."

Rowe said nearly 80% of inmates at the Lubbock County Detention Center are there due to some form of addiction. 

"Although most of them maybe weren't caught or arrested in possession of something they're in for the burglary, the robbery, the theft and those types of crimes that they do to support the habit," he said. 

However, Rowe believes treatment doesn't have to include jail time. 

"The single most expensive way to deal with addiction treatment or mental health treatment is to do it through the criminal justice system," he said. "There are smarter and better ways to deal with these issues than going into that process."

Councilman Randy Christian's been involved with the recovery community for several years. He believes people from all walks of life struggle and encourages citizens to take part in the event.

"But it just gives us a chance to think and focus about how we can all benefit from looking at the idea that we're all addicted to something and we can be a better people by recognizing those addictions," he said. 

The Source to Solution Addiction and Rehabilitation Symposium will be held Friday, Nov. 8, from 8:12 a.m. to 6:12 p.m.

The event's free and open to the public. Register through Select-a-Seat.  For more information contact publichealth@mylubbock.us

 

 

 

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