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Monday, February 23, 2015

Community Cares Town Hall Meeting will be Feb.23 in Performing Arts Hall of Lake High School

Lake Local Schools are pleased to welcome Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione, Stark County Sheriff George Maier, and Mercy Medical Center Physician’s Assistant Roger Kunes to our first Town Hall Meeting addressing the current heroin epidemic sponsored by the Lake Community Cares committee.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in the Lake Performing Arts Hall, and is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary. 

Judge Frank Forchione recently created The Stop Heroin From Killing Committee in response to the heroin epidemic impacting Stark County and the entire state.  The judge, his committee, the Stark Regional Community Correction Center (SRCCC), and the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services are working together to ensure that addicts released from the SRCCC receive proper attention to aid in their recovery.  Stark County Sheriff George Maier and his officers have also seen firsthand the growing impact and influence of heroin and other opiates in police work during recent years; the sheriff will share his perspective and ways police departments are trying to address the heroin problem.

Joining them will be Roger Kunes who will be presenting information about Naloxone -- (also known as Narcan®), and Project DAWN.   Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications).  When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.

Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only this one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death.  Naloxone has no potential for abuse. 

Meanwhile, Project DAWN, funded by the Ohio Department of Health, focuses on drug overdose prevention and emergency first-aid education for suspected opioid overdose.  Overdose prevention kits containing Naloxone are distributed locally by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County and the Opiate Task Force to Canton’s Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center, and Quest Recovery and Prevention Services.

A question-and-answer period will also be a part of the evening, allowing attendees to ask questions or make comments with the panelists.

Debbie Marshall, member of the Lake Community Cares Committee and an organizer of the upcoming Town Hall event, encourages local parents and resident to attend.  “This is your chance to talk to a judge and sheriff who see the impact of heroin on the streets, and in the justice system.  Share your thoughts as to what else they can do to help.  They are trying to do things to make a difference.  They know how this drug epidemic is hurting families, and people have been lost,” Mrs. Marshall began.

“Ask questions, let your voice be heard.  Help support the efforts of our Community Cares committee, as well as the drug awareness/prevention efforts of our community.”

This is the third Faces of the Community event planned for the current school year by the Lake Community Cares committee, which includes Lake Local School staff members, local clergy, and county law enforcement, health, and drug rehabilitation professionals.

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