The Bridge, a fund of the Community Foundation, recently partnered with the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce to host a workshop for local business/industry leaders titled Saving Your Company’s Productivity: How to Respond to the Opioid Crisis.

Topics covered included, “Awareness and Scope of Opioid Epidemic in Bradley County,” presented by Mr. Scott Elam and Mr. Bill Cherry (Director of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force), “Legal and Human Resources Issues,” presented by attorneys Maury Nicely and Stacie Caraway, and “Medical and Mental Health Perspectives,” presented by Dr. Dewayne Knight, Scott Berry (Community Outreach Specialist for Bradford Health Services), Jennifer Hennessee and Brandon Holt with Tennova Behavioral Health, and Russ Coffey (Executive Director of Anchor Point Foundation).

The response from the business community was overwhelming and their evaluations of the workshop were very positive.

Raising awareness of the opioid epidemic is one of The Bridge’s organizational goals. They have speakers available for your staff, congregation, youth group, or civic group. If you are interested, go to their website atsthebridge.org and click “Request a Speaker.”

Donations can be made by simply writing a check to the Community Foundation designated to the Bridge Fund or online.