Billy T. Cattan Center working to educate the public on drug abuse

The Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach Center is looking to spread awareness on drug abuse and addiction to combat the growing opioid crisis.

According to a National Safety Council report, Americans are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle accident.

The recovery center says an opioid overdose shuts down oxygen to the brain, which could lead to death if not treated immediately.

Executive director Daniel Barrientos believes the first step to ending the opioid and drug abuse crisis is to make the community aware.

“I think that’s the first step. And, I know it takes a while for that to happen. So, it may be four, five years before we see a big difference, but, in the meantime, we just need to keep educating the community. I think education is the key at this moment to be able to get people help and let them know what resources are out there,” said Daniel Barrientos, Executive Director of the Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach Center.

Billy T. Cattan hopes to run a townhall meeting by the end of summer to educate the public on drug abuse and will alert the community when a final date has been set.