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Opioid epidemic draws U.S. health secretary to Wilmington

Tom Price was confirmed earlier this year to be secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon/file) Tom Price was confirmed earlier this year to be secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon/file)
WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19) -

The U.S. secretary of health will be in Wilmington Wednesday to draw attention to the nation and state's opioid epidemic.

Tom Price will tour manufacturing plant Alkermes with its chief executive officer, Richard Pops, at 10:30 a.m. as part of a commitment to combat the epidemic, a company spokesman said.

Afterward, the men are expected to meet with reporters and discuss the impact of the opioid epidemic in Ohio.

The plant manufactures a treatment option approved by the FDA for the prevention to relapse to opioid dependence – VIVITROL (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension).

About 500 local residents work there.

Price is an orthopedic surgeon who was a Georgia  Republican congressman when President Donald Trump tapped him earlier this year to lead the Health and Human Services Department.

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