Community Awareness Forum on the Opioid Epidemic
On Monday, April 11, 2016 at Shrewsbury High School, an important community awareness forum was convened by the Shrewsbury Coalition for Addiction Prevention and Education (SCAPE), District Attorney Joseph Early’s Central MA Opioid Task Force, Senator Mike Moore and Representative Hannah Kane.
The panel was moderated by Shrewsbury High School Principal (and member of SCAPE) Todd Byzydlo, and included District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., Charles Faris, President/CEO of Spectrum Health Systems, Lt. James Lonchiadis of the Shrewsbury Police Department, Cassandra Andersen from Dept. of Public Health, a parent of a recovering addict and a person in recovery, as well as Senator Mike Moore and Representative Hannah Kane. Resources tables were also available before the panel discussion.
The Shrewsbury Coalition for Addiction Prevention and Education (SCAPE) is comprised of a wide representation of the community joining forces to help reduce substance abuse and its consequences and impact among youth and adults in Shrewsbury. The Coalition consists of representation from youth, parents, business, law enforcement, school and public service officials, community leaders, health care professionals, faith-based organizations, media, state and local government agencies, social service providers and other community representatives working collaboratively to identify and implement community-wide strategies to address issues concerning addiction prevention and education.