National Drug Problem Addressed at Grassroots Level

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Congressman Joseph Kennedy and North Attleboro Police Address Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Congressman Joseph Kennedy and Chief John Reilly of the North Attleboro Police Department will be hosting the Southeast Symposium to Address Opioid and Heroin Abuse on April 4, 2016 at the North Attleboro Police Department at 9:00 AM. Distinguished expert speakers include Massachusetts State Police Colonel McKeon, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Director J.T. Fallon, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, among others. The purpose of the symposium is to provide a current understanding of the regional opioid and heroin problem; identify best practices; and enhance multi discipline collaboration.

“Opioid and heroin abuse is a national issue that we believe must be addressed at the local and grass roots level. That is why we are proud to be partnering with Congressman Kennedy and our distinguished expert panel to proactively address this problem.” said Chief of Police John Reilly.

“Close cooperation between local, state and federal officials is a critical piece in our Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to tackle the heartbreaking impact of opioid abuse. As communities, health care providers and law enforcement agencies find themselves on the front lines of this epidemic, our forum is a chance to identify how we can continue working together to find solutions.” said Congressman Kennedy

“We must treat this opioid epidemic as the public health crisis it is. Forums like this are an important launching point for stakeholders at all levels to come together to discuss critical new strategies in prevention, treatment, intervention, and support efforts.” said Dr. Monica Bharel Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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