Three narcotics detectives from the York City Police Department will hold an informational forum Wednesday night to educate city residents about the opioid epidemic.

The presentation will feature a “raw and honest” discussion about some of the dangers and warning signs of heroin use, with the detectives hoping to teach parents and others how they can recognize and respond to addiction, said Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer of the York City Police.

The three narcotics detectives, who have more than 60 years of combined experience, will also answer questions from anyone in attendance, Shaffer said.

The educational forum begins at 7 p.m. in York City Hall, located at 101 S. George St.

The detectives will display drug paraphernalia as well as raw and packaged heroin to show people what the drug and potential objects for using it look like, Shaffer said.

This is the second heroin-focused forum hosted by York City Police in the past two years, with around 50 people attending last spring’s forum, Shaffer said.

In the last eight years or so, Shaffer said officers have helped numerous people enter rehab and find addiction resources through discussions at schools, churches and other community locations in the city, and he hopes he and the other detectives will be able to reach more on Wednesday.

“If one person shows up and we’re able to help one person, then it was worth our time,” Shaffer said.

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