On Thursday, I will be joining the cities of Orange Village and Lyndhurst in an important panel discussion on the substance abuse epidemic facing our communities.
The panel discussion- “Substance Abuse: Suburban Challenges: Mayors’ Call to Action” – is a part of a Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) series on this critical issue.
I am participating because I believe it is critical we discuss this epidemic openly and collaboratively to aggressively address this growing problem.
No community is immune, including Beachwood. Substance abuse - and particularly opioid abuse- is an issue that crosses all ages, races, genders and socioeconomic demographics.
Our safety forces often see, and deal with, the impact of the opioid crisis by way of affected people committing crimes to feed their addiction. These individuals require special care throughout their engagement in the criminal justice process from arrest through full adjudication.
The City of Beachwood calls upon all of our citizens to become more knowledgeable about this crisis, since it affects and touches everyone. Many might be surprised to find that individuals they know are either part of, or in danger of becoming a part of this epidemic.
The ability to recognize warning signs and increase awareness regarding opioid addiction are important tools to enable us, as a community, to stem this crisis as best we can. As part of a multi-pronged effort throughout the country, these early steps can be taken by ordinary citizens to help their friends and loved ones before potential addictions have gotten to a dangerous, or even fatal, point.
Please consider joining us on Thursday so you can learn more about the effect this epidemic has on our local communities and what we can do to take action. Vince Carrafi, Chair of the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will moderate the discussion.
“Substance Abuse: Suburban Challenges: Mayors‘ Call to Action“ will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Drive. This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your spot at http://case.edu/lifelonglearning/substance-abuse/.
The November 16 session is part of a larger series CWRU is hosting on the substance abuse epidemic.
All sessions are free and open to the public. Learn more: http://case.edu/lifelonglearning/substance-abuse/.