Davidson public safety forum to address opiate addiction

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is hosting her third annual public safety forum to address the issue of opiate addiction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne.

Davidson noted that in 2015, 202 people in Delaware County died from drug overdoses, an increase of 41 percent from 2014.

“The scourge of drug addiction is affecting our public safety,” Davidson said. “We need to come together as a community to address this problem and my public safety forum will begin that discussion.”

The event will feature important discussions from members of local law enforcement, drug and alcohol treatment centers, mental health non-profits and more.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan

  • Dr. Hayley Nelson - psychology professor, Delaware County Community College, addictive behavior specialist

  • Joel Shafer Harris - Delaware County Department of Human Services

  • Dr. Kevin Titze and Ronelle Yanuzzi - Holcomb Behavioral Health

  • Local police department officials

The event also includes exhibitors from a number of organizations who can assist individuals and families fight the growing pandemic. 

For more information and to register call (610) 259-7016 or email arice@pahouse.net.