Posted on: August 10, 2017

Coalition Holding Town Hall Series to Address Opioid Epidemic



Events will include a documentary screening

Stafford, Va. – The Community Collaborative for Youth and Families and the members of Planning District 16 – Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline counties and the City of Fredericksburg – are coming together to host a series of town hall events to provide education and discuss the opioid epidemic. Each town hall will feature a panel comprised of individuals from local law enforcement, treatment providers, physicians, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), community mental health organizations, the health district, social services and persons with lived experience. A documentary, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the DEA, and filmed in part at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, will be viewed as part of each town hall.

“The definition of an epidemic is ‘a temporary prevalence of a disease,’” said Stafford Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Milde. “We are working with all our community partners to make sure the opioid epidemic is just that – temporary. This disease is insidious, striking individuals and families of all types, many with no experience with drug addiction. The more information we can present to the public, the quicker we will stop this epidemic from destroying lives.”

The Community Collaborative for Youth and Families is the region’s prevention coalition. The Collaborative has planned these events in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. The town halls will be held in each member’s locality within Planning District 16, with a viewing of the documentary followed by a discussion about the crisis and what individuals and families can do to prevent their loved ones from being addicted. Community resource and treatment information will be available.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Community leaders, parents, teachers and all concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. The film does contain graphic content and language. Parental discretion is advised.

For more information, please contact Donna Krauss at dkrauss@staffordcountyva.gov or (540) 658-4622. Donna Krauss is Chairman of the Community Collaborative and also the Director of Stafford County Human Services and Community Engagement, or Michelle Wagaman at mwagaman@rappahannockareacsb.org or (540) 374-3337, ext. 104. Michelle Wagaman is Vice-Chairman of the Community Collaborative and also the Coordinator of Prevention Services for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. For additional information, please visit www.thecommunitycollaborative.org

All town hall events will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the locations the locations and dates provided below. Light refreshments will be offered.

August 21, 2017

King George Middle School

8426 Dahlgren Road

King George, VA 22485

September 13, 2017

Caroline County Community Center

17202 Richmond Turnpike

Milford, VA 22514

September 26, 2017 

Brooke Point High School

1700 Courthouse Road

Stafford, VA 22554

October 2, 2017 

James Monroe High School

2300 Washington Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

October 16, 2017 

Rubicon Café

Salem Fields Community Church

11120 Gordon Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22407

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/raising-awareness -of-opioid-addiction 



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