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In just seven days through the summer of 2018, six people overdosed and two people died in Columbia County due to opioids.

In response, Columbus Community Hospital assisted in forming a special task force to address the opioid epidemic in Columbia County. The group’s mission focuses on education regarding the epidemic, available and needed resources, and what others can do to assist with prevention. The task force, with the help of area parents, students, community members, law enforcement, and medical personnel, created a series of three videos to spread their message.

On Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. the Opioid Task Force of Columbia County and the Olivet Congregational Church will host the viewing of the three videos at the church, located at 313 W. Prairie St. in Columbus. Adam Tuite, MD of Madison Emergency Physicians and Sheriff Roger Brandner of Columbia County will provide insight into the opioid epidemic and answer questions.

“Olivet Church is committed to providing a space where the whole community can learn more about how the opioid epidemic affects us right here in the Columbus area. We hope to work together with others as we face this challenge together,” said Carol Black, Olivet Church parishioner.

For more information regarding the Opioid Task Force of Columbia County, call Emily at 920-623-1222. For more information regarding the Olivet Church or if you require special accommodations to attend the session, call 920-623-5140.

The videos may also be viewed by visiting the Columbus Community Hospital website at cch-inc.com/en/opioid-task-force or on Facebook at: facebook.com/ColumbusCommunityHospitalWI