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The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Health and Wellness Committee hosts its next Wellness Symposium on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Northern State University campus. The topic will be opioid addiction.


There will be a four-speaker panel beginning at 6 pm. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Shawna Schmidt, speaking about what opioid addiction is and the science behind it
  • Detective Brad Jung with the Aberdeen Police Department, addressing the impact on our community
  • Jamie Milbrandt, CAC, with the Avera Addiction Center, speaking about the treatment process
  • Melanie Weiss, OD, sharing her personal story of addiction


Doors open at 5 pm and information tables will be available for attendees to ask questions and receive information. Speakers will begin at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by, a program of the South Dakota Departments of Health & Social Services, and Avera Health.