U.S. Surgeon General visits Huntington for health summit

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Regional Health Summit at St. Mary's Medical Center. (WCHS/WVAH)

The nation's top doctor visited Huntington Thursday.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was the keynote speaker at the Regional Health Summit at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Regarding the opioid crisis, Adams encouraged the audience to know how to use Naloxone and to even have some with them at all times, even just to demonstrate how to use it.

Regarding needle exchange programs, Adams said communities need to have a program that works best for them.

“I encourage every community to have a conversation about what harm reduction will best look like for them, and I encourage them to do it based on the science,” Adams said. “That means working with the local health department, working with the local hospital. We know that syringe service programs are proven to connect people to care.”

After the Regional Health Summit Adams toured Lilly's Place.

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