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The Opioid Crisis in the Susquehanna Valley: A Public Forum
May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pennsylvania has been experiencing an epidemic of opioid drug abuse and opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2017, more than 5200 Pennsylvanians died as a result of drug abuse and thousands more were affected by addiction, either personally or through loved ones and acquaintances. Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest overdose death rate in the United States. The Susquehanna Valley has been hit hard by the opioid crisis and many families are facing a challenge they have never experienced before.
This program assembles a panel of healthcare, law enforcement, and drug counseling experts as well as individuals who have struggled with personal addiction. This program is intended to provide the latest information on the crisis we face in the valley; help individuals understand the signs and symptoms of opioid addiction; connect the community to available resources; share personal stories of recovery; and continue an important dialogue in our community to identify opportunities for action and policy changes.
This forum is free and open to the public. Education, health care, counseling, law enforcement professionals are encouraged to attend as well as religious and civic leaders.
PANELISTS: Joe Carner, Recovery Perspective Lisa Faust, Parent Perspective Dr. Perry Meadows, Geisinger Health Plan Chair, Northumberland County Opioid Coalition Matt Null, Gaudenzia Officer Ray Siko, Shamokin Police Department Jamie Smith, Recovery Perspective
MODERATOR: Joanne Troutman, President & CEO Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way
Presented by Susquehanna Valley Progress and Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way