Distinguished Group of Panelists to Participate in Discussion at the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch; Public Invited to Attend

The devastating effects of heroin use continue to impact families and communities locally and nationwide.  However, community members are not powerless in battling this epidemic.  Our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors in need.

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LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, today announces it will host a community forum – entitled The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options– from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch (15425 Detroit Avenue).  This community conversation will provide information, insight and action steps surrounding the heroin epidemic while connecting residents to resources that will empower them to make a difference.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to listen, learn and reinforce our commitment to strengthening neighborhoods and the lives of individuals impacted by heroin addiction.  Heroin represents a major problem nationwide, but Ohio has been particularly hard hit by this epidemic.  CBS News recently reported that at least 23 Ohioans die from heroin overdose each week.

Moderator William Denihan, CEO for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for one hour of discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding audience questions.

The panelists participating in this community forum include:

– Patrick Carroll, Lakewood Municipal Judge
– Erin Helms, Executive Director, Woodrow Project
– Tony Parker, Executive Director of The Lantern Center for Recovery

LakewoodAlive hosts community forums pertaining to topics relevant to Lakewood citizens.  For more information regarding the “The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options” community forum on November 10, please visit lakewoodalive.org or contact Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive, at 216-521-0655 or iandrews@lakewoodalive.org.