York County combating opioid crisis with power of knowledge

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County is holding an awareness meeting to discuss the county’s opioid epidemic.

Leaders say they’re taking a “multi-pronged” approach and they want people to get involved.

Concerned citizens, law enforcement, and medical professionals will gather Wednesday evening to discuss the crisis. ThankBlue, an organization created by concerned citizens, is hosting the town hall meeting.

The goal is to create an inclusive educational environment where people can ask general and situational specific questions about loved ones battling an opioid addiction.

District Attorney Dave Sunday said through the York County Collaborative, they’ve provided addicts with access to treatment. Now, they will put a focus on education as well.

“We’re doing everything in our power to educate parents, kids, everybody, so they understand how deadly this is and what they can do to keep their kids away from it,” Sunday said. “[This effort can] help people going through the addiction and educate them on how this affects their lives.”

Sunday said there is a positive to Wednesday’s event.

“What we’ve learned is there are certainly people out there that provide inspiration and hope,” he said. “It’s not all doom and gloom. When you have citizens like this that come together that think outside the box, create an environment where people can come and learn about this devastating health crisis in a safe environment, they should be applauded”.

The public meeting is from 5-6 p.m. at the Nefra Communication Center, at 3433 East Market Street in York.

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