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District residents invited to May 23 opioid forum

Parents, students and community members from Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties are invited to attend a forum titled, “Fighting the Opioid Epidemic” on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fonda-Fultonville High School auditorium.

Participants can expect to learn facts about opioid use and health impacts, prevention, the signs of opioid abuse, how to save a life and where to go for help.

The event will feature a panel discussion with local experts:

  • A representative of Upstate NY Poison Center, who will talk about components of opioids and their impacts on health.

  • Dr. Govind Rao of St. Mary’s Healthcare, who will share stories from anonymous youth who have struggled with addiction.

  • Montgomery County Emergency Management Services Director Jeffery Smith, who will talk about life saving measures to help someone suffering from an overdose.

  • Sgt. Mike Lewis of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, who will talk about prevention training.

  • Young People in Recovery Chapter Leader DJ Rhodes, who will talk about his personal experiences with drug addiction and recovery.

The panel will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Participants will be able to anonymously ask for information from the panelists by submitting written questions that will be read by a moderator.

Representatives of Montgomery County Public Health Department and the HFM Prevention Council will also be on site share educational materials and information them