McCarter to host community resource forum on opioid crisis June 9

GLENSIDE, May 31 – State Rep. Steve McCarter and the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol will host an Opioid Crisis: Community Resource Forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 in the Commons Great Room at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside to share information, conversation and community around the addiction crisis.

Exhibitors will include county and local agencies as well as organizations relevant to treating addiction, preventing addiction and supporting those with loved ones in the throes of addiction. All who suffer from addiction, their loved ones and anyone eager for information about the opioid crisis and what to do to help those in crisis are encouraged to attend.

Attendees can receive on-site training on how to save a life by administering naloxone, commonly sold under the brand names Narcan, Evzio or others.

According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll only to rise.

“None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our neighbors and fellow Pennsylvanians, we need insight into the problem, information about available treatment resources and every ally we can identify in this fight.”

Those interested can RSVP here or by calling his office at (215) 572-5210.