Not In My Town: A Community Forum to Discuss the Opioid Epidemic

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 the Somers Comes Together Coalition will host a community forum; an opportunity for the community to learn, share ideas and voice concerns about the nationwide opioid epidemic. Panelists will include Lt. Jose Claudio and Officer Michael Heavey of the Somers Police Department, John Lally: parent and founder of Today I Matter, Susan Wolfe of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Sharon Dudley of Community Health Resources (CHR), a member of Narcotics Anonymous in recovery, and Karen Fitzpatrick-Garvey: parent and school counselor.

There will be a resource fair at this event with representation from several organizations such as Natchaug Hospital’s Joshua Center, Today I Matter, ERASE (East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination), Celebrate Recovery, Teen Challenge, Justice’s Fight, Narcotics Anonymous, and Community Health Resources (CHR).  Big Y Pharmacy will provide demonstrations of Narcan, a life-saving medication being used to reverse opioid overdoses.

There will also be a drug take back station at this event. Somers Police will be on site accepting all unused and unwanted prescriptions. Safely disposing of medications is just one of the many ways we can work together to combat the opioid epidemic.

The Somers Recreation Department will provide pizza and supervised activities free of charge for children of parents/caregivers who wish to attend the forum. Please call Deanna Schuetz at 860.265.7550 or email Dschuetz@somersct.gov for more information or to register a child.

The event will take place at the Somers Town Hall at 600 Main Street. Refreshments and resource fair at 5:30pm. Featured panelists and discussion begin at 6:00pm.

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