The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that roughly 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Today, more than 21 million Americans are struggling with addiction and nearly one in three people know someone who is struggling. Many do not seek treatment.

On September 17, WRCB-TV will host an hour-long broadcast called "Opioids: Overcoming a Crisis," in which community advocates, medical experts, and policymakers will weigh in about the challenges and realities of the opioid epidemic.  

"Opioids: Overcoming a Crisis" is aimed at raising awareness and finding solutions. You will hear several stories about addiction, the stigma surrounding opioids, life-saving tools, and how to get help. At the end of the broadcast, we will talk to our panel of six experts about how we as a community can move forward.

Our panel of six includes TBI Special Agent Tommy Farmer, Hamilton County Commissioner Randy Fairbanks, Chattanooga City Councilman Anthony Byrd, Chattanooga Police Lt. Jason Lewis, Hamilton County Health Department educator Carleena Angwin, and Tennessee Senator Todd Gardenhire.

Several agencies will be in attendance including the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Chattanooga Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, Cadas Rehab, Teen Challenge, the Georgia Health Department, Circuit Court Judge Justin Angel, and more.