Miller to host Substance Abuse Forum Oct. 18

Event will include resource fair, breakout sessions

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, will host a Substance Abuse Forum later this month as part of his ongoing efforts to help Pennsylvanians break free of the devastating hold of drug addiction. This free event will take place from noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.

“I encourage everyone touched by this issue to attend – whether you’re struggling with addiction yourself or living with a loved one struggling with addiction,” Miller said. “It’s important to understand that you don’t have to fight this alone and the state has a multitude of resources that can help.”

In addition to a resource fair, Miller said the forum will include the following sessions:

  • “Corrections’ Role in Recovery” from noon – 1 p.m., with remarks by Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on the department’s efforts to support individuals in recovery while they are incarcerated and as they enter society.

  • “PA’s Response to Addiction” from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., with remarks by Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith focusing on the department’s origin, mission and accomplishments.

  • “Paying for Care” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • “Addiction & the Brain” from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • “Adolescent Screening & Treatment” from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Miller noted that the sessions are approved for social work continuing education credits.

For more information and to RSVP for any of the five sessions, residents should visit Walk-ins are welcome as space permits, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.