In Quincy, like in so many cities and town across our nation, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis. Recently we learned that the City of Quincy plans to sue the drug industry for selling drugs knowing the risk of addiction. As noted in a recent Globe article, Quincy became one of the first cities in the country to give the overdose antidote Narcan to its first responders in 2010 and has tripled the size of its drug unit and sponsored a treatment center. Our city of 94,000 has witnessed 163 opioid-related deaths over the past five years. While we read about the crisis in the news every day, we see the impacts across our community, state, and nation. This issue hits us here at home.
On November 15, please join the Squantum Community Association for a conversation about this pervasive public health issue. The SCA has invited a great panel of experts to share their insights into the issues surrounding the origin of the opioid crisis, its impact on the community, and efforts to prevent abuse and to assist those who are addicted. You’ll have a chance to ask questions as we all seek to gain a greater understanding of this issue.
Understanding and Coping with the Issues of Opioid Abuse
A Community Conversation
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.
- Michael Morrissey, Norfolk County District Attorney, moderator
- David Morgan, DA’s office, will review the drug prescription issues
- Joanne Peterson, Learn To Cope founder and executive director, will discuss coping and recovery methodologies
- Laura Martin, Quincy Substance Use Prevention Coordinator (QATV interview)
- Lt. Patrick Glynn, Quincy Police Drug Control Unit, will discuss dealing with opioid overdose victims and the use of NARCAN
For more information about this event, email the Squantum Community Association.
About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.
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- Quincy plans to sue big drug makers over opioid crisis; Boston Globe, November 1, 2017