Schwank Hosting Opioid Addiction Awareness Event

Reading, February 23, 2017 – State Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an opioid addiction awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.

The event, Coping with Opioid Addiction: Real Life Experiences, is geared toward anyone who may know someone struggling with an opioid addiction. It will feature a naloxone demonstration by Reading Health System, as well as a panel discussion including people who have each had a family member suffer from an opioid addiction.

“We’ve heard from the experts,” Schwank said. “Now it’s time to hear from those who have been through the thick of a loved one’s addiction: a spouse and two parents. We’ll learn what helped them, and what didn’t.”

After the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to speak to panelists, and others who have had similar experiences, in small groups.

“Our small group discussions will allow anyone to ask questions they might be too embarrassed to ask in front of a large audience,” Schwank said. “This event will foster support for anyone going through the hardship of watching a loved one suffer from addiction.”

Schwank is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

What: Coping with Opioid Addiction: Real Life Experiences

Where: Governor Mifflin Intermediate School gymnasium, 600 Governor Drive, Shillington

When: March 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Information: 610-929-2151 or jklein@pasenate.com

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