AG Marshall to co-chair opioid council

Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 at 5:56 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall to co-chair the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, according to the attorney general's office.

"I am honored to have been selected by Gov. Ivey to help lead this new council studying the ongoing crisis gripping our state," said Attorney General Steve Marshall.

The council, created from an executive order the governor passed on Aug. 8, was established to examine and identify ways to reduce the impact of opioids on Alabamians.

"I am committed to working with fellow members of the Council to develop a comprehensive strategy to save lives by reducing and combating opioid addiction and promoting safer methods of pain management," Marshall said.

According to Executive Order 708, an estimated 30,000 Alabamians over the age of 17 are estimated to be addicted to prescription painkillers or heroin.

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