Northern HS to host drug education and awareness event

Jessica Schladebeck

Northern High School, in partnership with the York County Heroin Task Force and iWILLrecover will be hosting a free drug education and awareness program, complete with a full panel of experts to answer any questions the community may have.

In this file photo, a nasal administered dose of Narcan, a heroin overdose antidote, is seen in a school nurse's office. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 in the high school auditorium at  653 S. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg will kick off with an educational presentation, said Northern Principal Matt LaBuda.

iWILLrecover, a detox and rehab resource for drug and alcohol addiction, during the program will also be donating EVZIO Autoinjectors (used to administer Naloxone, or Narcan - a drug to reverse the affects of opiods) to the high school principals and nursing staffs in attendance. A limited number of Narcan kits will also be available for community members at the event.

"There will be a presentation on heroin and other opioids and opiates and we'll look at some statistics, but not just on a national level," he said. "We want to be communicating the local impact."

After the presentation, which should last around a half hour, those in attendance will have the opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session with a "well-versed" panel, LaBuda said.

The panel will include Pam Gay, York County Coroner and co-founder of the heroin task force; Dave Sunday, Senior Deputy Prosecutor; David Smith, sergeant with the Carroll Township Police Department; Brandis Lynne, founder of iWILLrecover; Charlene Sciaretta, founder of Danny's Story; Tammy McBride, a DO specializing in family medicine; Todd Heilman, captain with the York Area United Fire and Rescue and EMS captain; and Claude Stabley, chief deputy coroner.

"The idea is to create a forum where people can learn and also ask questions," LaBuda said. "Schools alone can't fix the problem but we can create a venue where these things can be discussed."

All the local high schools and staff members, parents, students, and community members have been invited to attend, LaBuda said.

"It's not for any one group, it's for anyone who wants to know more about this," he said.

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