Shaler Area hosting Town Hall meeting on opioid crisis
Shaler Area School District will host its second annual Opioid Epidemic Community Town Hall Meeting to address substance use and mental wellness April 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the Shaler Area High School, 381 Wible Run Road.
The event will address the growing opioid epidemic and provide information on warning signs, prevention, education, and treatment options.
This year's meeting will feature a vendor fair highlighting a variety of community resources for individuals looking for specific information about prevention, treatment, support and more.
The speaker series will kick off at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Dr. C. Thomas Brophy, a Shaler Area graduate who specializes in emergency and addiction medicine. The keynote speech will be followed by a breakout session during which time participants will have the option to hear more information about one of three different topics: addiction treatments and resources, prevention and education (K-12), or a personal testimony from a parent who lost her daughter to addiction.
The evening will conclude with a question and answer panel discussion from the featured speakers and local law enforcement.
The town hall meeting will be the culminating event of a day-long focus on opioid awareness within the secondary schools. Brophy will spend the day presenting at assemblies on opioid awareness to students at the middle school and high school.
The school assemblies are for Shaler Area students in grades 7-12. The town hall event is free and open to the public. It is appropriate for students in grades 6-12 and adults.