Town meeting on heroin for Anne Arundel County parents

TeensandDrugsA Town Meeting on Heroin called "Not My Child" has been scheduled in Anne Arundel County for parents of students from fifth grade through high school.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh is hosting the countywide meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.

The event is to inform parents about the challenges associated with heroin abuse. There will be a candid, truthful discussion regarding the prevalent use of gateway drugs in the community and how they have lead to heroin use, overdose and a tragic loss of life, according to Nancy Schrum, director of Constituent Services for the Office of the County Executive.

There will be a panel discussion moderated by the county executive. Panelists include parent Andrea Waldason, Dr. Christopher Welsh from the University of Maryland, Katherin Bonincontri of the Pascal Center for Youth and Families, Police Chief Tim Altomare and Pathways director Helen Reines.

Questions will be taken from the audience and online via twitter. Treatment providers will also be available to answer questions on access to treatment in Anne Arundel County. The event begins at 6 p.m. with informational booths, followed by the program at 7 p.m.

For more information call 410-222-1527 or visit the Anne Arundel County website.

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