Lancaster County Joining Forces, a community group coordinating efforts to reduce opioid deaths, will host free speaker events throughout September and October. The educational events are open to businesses, faith-based and community organizations, schools, and concerned citizens to focus on the coordination of efforts in Lancaster County to address the opioid crisis. 

Lancaster Public Library

125 North Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
 
Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 PM
How to talk to Children About Drugs
Speaker: Deb McCoy, Compass Mark
 

Alliance Church of Elizabethtown

425 Cloverleaf Rd.
Elizabethtown, PA
 
Sept. 25, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Addiction - A Disease of the Mind and Body
Speaker: Jack Sodak, Retreat at Lancaster County
Oct. 9, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Drug Use
Speaker: Joel Jakubowski, PA Adult & Teen Challenges
Oct. 23, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
How to Talk to Children About Drugs
Speaker: Deb McCoy, Compass Mark
 

Quarryville Library

C.X. Carlson Room
357 Buck Rd.
Quarryville, PA 17566
 
Oct. 2, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Addiction - A Disease of the Mind and Body
Speaker: Jack Sodak, Retreat at Lancaster County
Oct. 16, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Drug Use
Speaker: Joel Jakubowski, PA Adult & Teen Challenges
Oct. 30, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
How to Talk to Children About Drugs
Speaker: Deb McCoy, Compass Mark
 
Register online at LancasterJoiningForces.org
Attend one or all sessions.
 

Making Progress

A year after launching, Lancaster County Joining Forces is seeing positive results. For the second quarter in a row, overdose deaths decreased in Lancaster County. From April to June, 23 overdose deaths were recorded, down from 31 overdose deaths in January through March.
 
A targeted approach of evidence-based initiatives, led by Joining Forces Lancaster County partners – including Lancaster General Health, are making an impact on the opioid and heroin crisis in the County.  
 
In addition to ongoing distribution of education materials, Joining Forces strengthened community efforts with other evidence-based program. The group helped increase access to treatment and worked with local health systems to equip providers with the data and tools needed to improve prescribing methods and increase use of alternative therapies. First responders have responded to the crisis by administering Naloxone to people who have overdosed.
 
For more information, visit LancasterJoiningForces.org

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