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Over the past four years, the number of deaths from drug overdoses in Lancaster County has more than tripled. Join your neighbors in a community conversation in January to see what can be done to fight this epidemic.

Opioid addiction strikes without regard for age, background and socio-economics. In response, the Lancaster County Anti-Heroin Task Force has convened a series of community meetings to educate communities, drug users and families – a crucial part of stopping overdose deaths.

Sponsored by the Lancaster County Anti-Heroin Task Force, the first 2017 community meeting on heroin addiction and substance misuse will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Cocalico High School Auditorium, 810 South 4th Street, Denver, PA.

Topics for the meeting are framing the issue of addiction and its impact on families and communities, how to understand addiction--a treatable disease, the sharing of resources and substance abuse treatment options and strategies to reduce heroin-related deaths.

The task force was formed in response to this crisis in our county by mayors, community members and county organizations. The group, which includes Lancaster General Health, is committed to reducing the use of and death from opioid abuse.

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