RenewPasco President Richard W. Hayes Speaks Conference

     On May 23, 2013, Richard W. Hayes, president of RenewPasco, was invited to speak to over 350 community stakeholders at the Third Annual Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Conference, The Prescription Drug Epidemic: Building Bridges to Take Action.

     The event focused on the most recent statistics regarding an increase in infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). As of 2010, Pasco County was second in the state of Florida with 147 infants born already having been exposed to opiates and therefore dependent on them.

     ASAP has partnered with the Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco.

     Keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Warren, presented “A State Public Health Approach to the NAS Epidemic: Tennessee’s Experience.” Dr. Warren is the director of the Division of Family Health and Wellness for the Tennessee Department of Health.

     He was among a panel of experts including Florida State Senator John Legg, Florida House of Representative Mike Fasano, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning.

     Hayes was honored to deliver a presentation that described RenewPasco as a platform to encourage unity and equip Christian business, church and ministry leaders in our community.

     RenewPasco’s vision is to see an active and effective network of 1,000 Christian leaders by the year 2020. RenewPasco is a county-wide, unifying organization prioritized around our three Core Principles: 1. Addiction Recovery through education, treatment programs and mobilization, 2. Community Restoration by means of tangible acts of service and 3. Child Reunification by foster care advocation. The prescription drug epidemic directly impacts all three of RenewPasco’s core principles.

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