Orman Hall to host next Lunch and Learn on opioid epidemic

Christina Van Fossen
October 7, 2019

Orman Hall, an expert on Ohio’s opioid crisis, will offer, “An Update on Ohio’s Overdose Epidemic by the Numbers,” at the next Voinovich School Lunch and Learn on noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at The Ridges, Building 22, room 221.

Hall is an executive-in-residence for the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. He also serves as an analyst with the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federally funded program that coordinates federal, state and local law enforcement efforts against drug traffickers in targeted regions. Adams, Fairfield, Franklin and Scioto counties are among the 13 counties in Ohio’s HIDTA region.

Hall previously led the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board for 21 years. After drug overdoses became Ohio’s leading cause of death in 2007, he organized community stakeholders into an Opiate Task Force in 2009. It later merged with similar groups in Pickerington and Lancaster and continues to address the area’s drug crisis.  

In 2011, Hall was appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, where he oversaw development and funding of addiction treatment services statewide. Hall retired from the office in 2014. Last January, incoming Gov. Mike DeWine tapped Hall for to join the newly created Recovery Ohio Advisory Council that guides the governor’s office on mental health and substance use issues. 

Pizza is provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, as the session is a certified Green Event.