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Chatham Community Library to Host Community Awareness Event On Addiction & The Opioid Crisis

Post Date:01/17/2019 3:46 PM

On Saturday, February 16, Chatham Community Library will host the first in a series of Community Awareness Events with a forum on addiction and the opioid crisis. This event is designed to foster community awareness surrounding the abuse of opiates and prescription drugs and its impact on Chatham County.

"It Started With A Script: Prescription Drug Misuse, Addiction, and the Opioid Crisis" begins at 1:00 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.  Guest speakers include:

  • Mike Roberson, Chatham County Sheriff
  • Casey Hilliard, Health Policy Analyst, Chatham County Health Department
  • Zoe Willard, Chatham County resident and documentary filmmaker
  • Chatham County residents Julie and Elly Cummins
  • Dr. Joe Mancini, Chatham County resident and addiction expert
  • Anna Stanley, Chatham Recovery 
  • Kyle Smith, Insight Human Services
  • Tammy Kirkman and Ronnie Miller, Chatham County Sheriff's Department

The program will include an in-depth look at the local impacts of prescription drug misuse, opioids and the science of addiction, and treatment and recovery.  A screening of the documentary Kids will be followed by a discussion on the Good Samaritan law. The safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs will also be addressed and demonstrated. Resource tables will offer free publications and displays.

Community Awareness Events are a series of facilitated and respectful dialogues on serious and difficult topics. They are designed to educate and inform the community and to promote understanding. 

For additional information please call Rita Van Duinen at 919-545-8083 or send an email to 

This event is free and open to the public.



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