Candy Finnigan from A&E's 'Intervention' and Cincinnati native returns to discuss city's opiate crisis

Let's Talk Cincinnati is a town hall meeting that brings together policymakers, law enforcement officials and treatment professionals to discuss ways to fight the opioid epidemic

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It’s no secret that Cincinnati has an opioid problem. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s "Seven Days of Heroin" — which recently earned a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting — informed the community of the vastness of the problem and shined a light on the impact opioids have had on countless families, users and victims of overdose. 

Accidental overdose is the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, with auto accidents following closely behind, according to Let's Talk Cincinnati — a movement founded by Garrett Braukman, a Cincinnati native and the executive director of Alta Centers rehab facilities in California, who intends to make positive changes in his community through the open discussion of the problems we face.

He's helped create a panel of policymakers, treatment professionals, tech executives and law enforcement officials who will discuss possible solutions to the opiate crisis at a town hall meeting to be held 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave.) in Mount Lookout. 

"As someone who's from Cincinnati, born and raised, I wanted to create a community event where we can share ideas and develop education in addiction," says Braukman in a release. "From seeing many people unaware of not only consequences of addiction but the consequences of treating addiction like a moral failing, we wanted to create a space that not only encourages people to get help but educates them from professionals who share the feeling of helping people." 

This is the first of many sessions that will be kicking off the Let’s Talk Cincinnati movement. He’s invited several panelists to weigh in on the issue with their own ideas, including City Councilmember Chris Seelbach, Newtown Sheriff Tom Synan and Candy Finnigan of A&E’s Emmy-nominated series Intervention.  

Finnigan’s experience in addiction counseling is hard to match. Having been in recovery for the past three decades only makes this work more personal to her and powerful in action. "It's not just my work, it's my life,” Finnigan says in the same release. She’s worked with addicts of all kinds, in all areas, and says her passion for helping people never dies.  

This free event is for all — those directly and indirectly affected by addiction, those in recovery, members of local treatment programs and those curious about the addiction problem in Cincinnati and who want to find ways to help. 

"This was always a pipedream of mine, to address this crisis in the Cincinnati area," Braukman says. "Once Candy came on board, it finally put the event into motion."

RSVP to the event and find more info, here

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