LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray held the first meeting for the new Opioid Advisory Council Thursday afternoon.
During the meeting, council members talked about ways to solve the opioid crisis in the city, state and country.
The council members come from all different backgrounds. Gray says that helps to come up with real solutions to an epidemic that is “destroying families and communities.”
Tanya Meeks serves as the council chair. According to Gray, Meek’s son, Seth, died of a heroin overdose in December 2014 at the age of 19.
Meeks is also the face of a new ‘Jim Gray for Congress’ advertisement unveiled Thursday.
The purpose of Gray’s advisory council is to give him suggestions as to what solutions may work. Those solutions, he can then take with him to Congress, pushing for implementation from there.
Gray says he has been working on solving the opioid crisis in Lexington for years, but he says that isn’t enough.
“We are going to define success one life at a time,” said Gray. “In Lexington, that’s what we’ve already been doing, but we have so much more work to do and so many more lives to save.
Members of the council include Meeks, former Kentucky basketball player and survivor of the opioid epidemic Rex Chapman, Michele Flowers McCarthy with the Center for Behavioral Health, former United States Attorney Kerry Harvey, and founder of Recovery Warriors Joe Turner.