No community immune from opioid abuse
A few weeks ago, the Franklin Town Council hosted a thoughtful discussion on the opioid epidemic. While I was pleased to be a part of that discussion, it was unsettling to see the damage that is wreaking havoc on people and their families; those who struggle daily with the disease of addiction.
No community is immune from this crisis, but there are multi-faceted ways to address it. The Legislature has taken a number of steps through laws and budget appropriations to get in front of the problem. And it has been supportive of efforts to establish community coalitions to confront opioid abuse. In February, our office began the process of setting up a community coalition in the area and we will continue with these efforts in conjunction with the District Attorney, local officials, the police, the school department, medical and mental health professionals, and residents.
The first meeting of the Community Coalition in Franklin will take place on Tuesday, June 29, 2015 at 7 pm. If you have any ideas or would like to help in this effort, please reach out to us by clicking here.
It will take a team effort to take on this epidemic, but together we can save lives and heel fractured families. I look forward to working with you.
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