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An expert explained Wednesday to attendees of the Oklahoma State University Center for Wellness & Recovery's Opioid Epidemic Response event how the use of opioids can impact adolescents, and how parents and adults can help prevent substance abuse

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With a large presence by police officers, medical professionals and representatives of nonprofits, Dr. Jason Beaman dove into the history, causes, and statistics of the current opioid epidemic, as well as treatment efforts, during a talk in the Cherokee County Community Building Tuesday evening.


As part of the effort to combat what many consider an epidemic of opioid addiction, the Oklahoma Legislature passed Senate Bill 1446, which wa…