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
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