Dr. Bucshon Hosts Opioid Roundtable With Community Leaders in Terre Haute

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Terre Haute, August 23, 2018 | comments

(Terre Haute, IN) –
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after hosting an opioid round table with state and local elected officials, chief healthcare physicians from local treatment centers and hospitals, and a Vigo County School member:

In our communities across Indiana and the nation, opioid abuse and addiction is raging and leaving families broken and communities in crisis. The only way we are going to end this crisis is for federal, state, and local leaders to work together with treatment facilities,  physicians, and others in our communities to ensure that we’re putting in place the resources and policies to make a difference and turn the tide. I am grateful to the members of our community that attended today who are working hard on the front lines to help our friends, family members, and neighbors in their time of need.” Dr. Bucshon

“It’s important for this group to come together to discuss the crisis occurring not only in our community, but the entire state and country. I was glad to have the opportunity to update Congressman Bucshon, local physicians and community leaders on legislation we passed this session to combat the opioid crisis, especially Senate Enrolled Act 221, which reforms usage practices for Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, INSPECT.”State Sen. Jon Ford

“Meeting and gathering input from those in our communities who are dealing with the epidemic of addiction on a daily basis helps drive policy decisions. The breakdown of the family unit is one of the main factors contributing to the opioid crisis. We will continue to focus on ways we can help those struggling with addiction.”State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute)

“Hearing from a cross section of people in the community including medical professionals, educators, treatment program representatives and government officials, will help us create impactful legislation The key to stopping this epidemic is prevention – we need to get out in front of the problem and help our children to make better choices. I’d like to thank Congressman Bucshon for organizing this discussion on what we can do to curtail addiction to opioids in our local communities.”State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil)

“Community engagement is critical in fighting the opioid crisis.  We would like to thank Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. for facilitating a roundtable discussion which helped bring together leaders in healthcare, law enforcement, law makers and judicial system and help us identify as a group the challenges our community faces with addictions and the solutions that will help us face this crisis. Harsha Behavioral Center is committed to leading the way in providing care and treatment for individuals with mental illness and addictions. We are constantly adapting to the needs of our community and value its feedback.”Roopam Harshawat, President Harsha Behavioral Center


State Senator Jon Ford, District 38 Indiana Senate

State Representative Alan Morrison, District 42 Indiana House of Representatives

State Representative Bob Heaton, District 46 Indiana House of Representatives

Mayor Duke Bennett, City of Terre Haute

Judge Michael Rader, Vigo County Superior Court Division 5

Chief John Plasse, Terre Haute Police Department

Melvin L. Burks, Chief Executive Officer Hamilton Center

Dr. Ahsan Mahmood, Chief Medical Officer Hamilton Center

Dr. Paras Harshawat, Owner Harsha Behavioral Center

Roopam Harshawat, President and Chief Executive Officer Harsha Behavioral Center

Dr. Jim Turner, Medical Director Lugar Center for Rural Health

Steven M. Holman, President and Chief Executive Officer Union Hospital

Nathan Vooys, Chief Executive Officer Regional Hospital

Rick Stevens, Student Services Assistant Vigo County School Corporation

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