Patrick Kennedy to speak in Harrisburg

The devastation of addiction and mental illness is incalculable on society.

Much of the suffering we see in news headlines every day – shootings, domestic violence, fatal car crashes – is rooted in drug and alcohol addictions or mental illness.

Nearly every county coroner in Pennsylvania, not to mention the attorney general and law enforcement, has raised the alarm about opioid and prescription drug abuse. It is a scourge on the commonwealth.

Patrick J. Kennedy, son of former Senator Ted Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, has been personally ravaged by both issues and he’s bringing his story to the Midstate. He recently co-authored a book, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.” It has soared to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, will be a guest of Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg and speak of his battles. He will also answer questions at the April 13 event at Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. A VIP reception is at 5 p.m. and Kennedy will speak beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In its press release, JFS says Kennedy’s appearance, “builds on our historic commitment to provide quality mental health services to our community.”

ABC27’s Dennis Owens will emcee the event and serve as Q & A moderator.

For more information, check out the Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg website.

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