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Thank you to everyone who attended the 78th Public Square discussing the opioid epidemic in our community. It was wonderful to see the room packed with passionate informed people who want to come together and solve this problem.

Reporter C. Suarez Rojas covered the event - click here to read his report.

We appreciate the participation and conversation and look forward to the next engaging Public Square.

Questions or comments? Contact Marketing Director Nicole McMullin at nmcmullin@richmond.com or (804) 649-6777.

WHAT IS RTD PUBLIC SQUARE?

The Times-Dispatch regularly moderates community discussions about topics important to the region.

We've held more than 75 Public Square sessions since starting the program in 2005 with the goal of presenting and encouraging dialogue, even debates and civil arguments, on major issues with the goal of serving as a catalyst for solutions.

The 90-minute discussions usually are held at The Times-Dispatch’s downtown offices. The discussions are moderated and there is often a panel of experts to help inform the audience. The topics we’ve covered include: crime, education, affordable housing, the ballpark debate, civility, health care, philanthropy, poverty and tourism.

The nationally recognized Public Squares are broadcast live on Richmond.com.

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