The recently formed Berkshire Opioid Abuse and Prevention Collaborative is hosting a community forum on Prescription Drugs and Heroin Abuse from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., second floor.
The community is invited to learn how the proliferation of pain killer prescription drugs has affected the community, what is being done to prevent and reduce access, and what treatment options are available.
The forum is also designed to obtain feedback from the community. Members of the public are invited to share their own knowledge about pathways to use, access issues, youth and parent attitudes about use of prescription drugs and heroin.
Guest speakers include Dr. Ron Hayden, chairman of the Emergency Room at Berkshire Medical Center; Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force; a parent of a young person in recovery; and a person in recovery.
For more information on the forum, contact Karen Cole, (413) 442-6948 or email@example.com.
For more information on the Collaborative, contact Laura Kittross, director, at Berkshire Public Health Alliance, (413) 442-1521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.