The Cost of Opioid Abuse

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Sherman Center

“The Cost of Opioid Abuse: A forum on opioid abuse in South Dakota,” is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell. This event is free and open to all. It will also be live-streamed at and later posted to DWU’s YouTube channel,

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The keynote speaker is Angela Kennecke, a mother of an overdose victim. Since the death of her daughter, Kennecke has used her platform as a news anchor for Sioux Falls-based KELO-Land News to educate others on opioid abuse, both on her program and at various public speaking events. The Kennecke family has also founded the Emily’s Hope Foundation in her daughter’s name. The foundation helps to offset the cost of treatment for people struggling with addiction.

Following her talk, Kennecke will join a panel discussion on opioid abuse. The other panelists include Mitchell Police Chief Lyndon Overweg, Mitchell Department of Public Safety; Joel Van Dover, an addiction survivor; and Dr. Matthew Stanley, of Avera Hospital Network. They will discuss their expertise and then respond to questions from the audience.