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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Approach


The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse is sponsoring a public forum to take place in the Community Room on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm.  Massachusetts is currently facing an Opioid Epidemic and Canton is certainly no stranger to this crisis.  Understanding the causes and deadly effects of this issue can be a challenge.  It is a complex problem that has many layers and no single solution. Addiction can start when someone experiments with prescription drugs or is  prescribed medications after an injury or surgery. Opioids are incredibly powerful drugs that have transformed the way the health care world treats and manages pain.  However, because they are so potent, they can be dangerous if misused.  To understand the opioid epidemic, it’s important to realize how both legal prescription medications and illegal substances impact the crisis in Massachusetts.

This program is an opportunity to get educated.  It is not purely for those who have a loved one who is using.  It is for everyone who wants to hear the truth and learn something that may already not be known to them.  The panel will include Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Jennifer Rowe, Allison Bauer, Director of The Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and Dr. Dan Muse Emergency Medicine Physician and Canton resident.  Norfolk County  District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Representative William Galvin and Senator Walter Timilty, Jr. will all take part.  

Plan on joining with your Canton neighbors to hear this much anticipated “Addressing The Opioid Epidemic—A Community Approach” panel forum.  The expression “It Takes A Village” is used often to describe what it takes to raise a child.  If that is true, we have an opportunity to do just that…to come together as a town (a village) to support each other, learn together, and put an end to this epidemic.

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