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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.

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.”