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These Christian Counselors Are Offering Free Training to Combat the Opioid Crisis

On May 4, The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) will host “The Opioid Crisis: Creating Church and Community Collaboration,” an all-day event to train people on how to effectively combat the opioid crisis. “According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 42,000 Americans overdosed on opioids in 2016; which is five times higher than in 1999,” reports The Christian Post. And the AACC believes that the Church could play a key role in addressing the epidemic.

AACC President Tim Clinton told The Christian Post:


We are determined to help eradicate this horrible scourge from devastating our society. This event showcases a model of community, civic, and church collaboration that should be reproduced nationwide to help those ensnared by opiates and other substance use disorders.


The Opioid Crisis: Creating Church and Community Collaboration will take place at Grace Fellowship Church in York, Pennsylvania.

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Clinton said in an interview that the Church at large can collaborate with others in the  community “to intervene in the lives of those trapped in a destructive cycle of opioid abuse and addiction … churches [can] provide encouragement and support to their community’s counseling professionals, emergency services, and health and civic leaders that are dealing directly with those impacted by the crisis.”

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