Heroin Panel set for Nov. 5

Category:  News
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 8:52 PM

On Thursday Nov. 5, an event called “Heroin Use: What Communities Need Know,” will be held in the Pogue Student Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

The public forum will discuss the heroin epidemic in Erie County, treatment options and help that is available for families and friends of heroin users.

John Comstock, supervisor of the Erie County Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and Charles Klenk, retired Edinboro police officer, will lead the discussion, which will be followed a panel of local law enforcement, treatment staff and drug and alcohol service prevention providers.

In 2014 alone, there were 60 overdose deaths in Erie County and 27 of those deaths were opiate related.

Heroin addiction is a “scary problem” because it can happen to anyone, Nolan told The Erie Times News in February of this year. He said it is difficult for law enforcement, because the addiction knows no boundaries.

The panel will discuss all of this and more.

The event is sponsored by Edinboro University, Edinboro University Lead and Seed Program, Coalition Pathways Inc. and the Erie County Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The event is free and open to the public.

Karlee Dies is the News Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com

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