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Community Forums Planned In Area About Opioid Epidemic

Lancaster County Joining Forces, through the partnership of Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, along with support from Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance, and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, is offering a free three-part series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County.

This series includes the following topics: Tuesday Sept. 25: Addiction — A Disease of the Mind and Body with Jack Sodak of Retreat.

Tuesday, Oct 9: How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Drug Use with Joel Jakubowski from Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenges. Following this presentation, there will be a Narcan training, on how to recognize and respond to an opioid/heroin overdose. Participants will receive a free Narcan kit (Limit one per household).

Tuesday, Oct. 23: How to Talk to Children About Drugs with Deb McCoy of Compass Mark.

All sessions are free to attend and hosted by the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Those who want to register for any or all of the sessions may visit

Lancaster County Joining Forces aims to support and coordinate efforts to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin. In doing so, we strengthen the great work already happening in communities throughout the county, while allowing us to identify gaps in services and treatments so that we can save lives together. The goal is to focus on evidence-based practices outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat opioid use disorder.

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