Community forum on opioids planned

MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast Harbor Library will host a talk and community discussion about opioids Wednesday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

Joseph Locke of the city of Bangor’s department of public health and community services will speak and lead a conversation.

“Substance misuse affects all of us, either directly or indirectly,” event organizers said. “418 Mainers died in 2017 as a result of an opioid overdose, 365 of these deaths were considered accidental deaths. These are our family, friends and neighbors.”

The talk is designed to educate concerned citizens about opioids and what individuals can do to help their community. Each participant will learn the five steps to take for helping someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose, identify some factors which place someone at risk for an overdose, as well as some tips everyone can use for safe storage and disposal of unused prescription medications. Part of the training will include learning nine action steps anyone can take to help prevent substance misuse among the youth.

The event is free and open to the public.

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