Saturday, March 23, 2019

Opiod Crisis Forum Set for Sunday in Boyertown

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have already been over 6,000 overdoses in the state this year and it is only March. 

It is now the leading cause of accidental death in PA. One local ambulance service is challenging community members to assist with the battle against addiction.

The State of Emergency in Pennsylvania is real. 

Jeff Knopf, Director of EMS for Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service, says: “The reality hits home almost daily in the local community. It’s time to take control of this epidemic at the local level.”

On Sunday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Boyertown Community Ambulance will be providing an education and training opportunity, which will be hosted by St. John’s Lutheran Church of Boyertown, 45 N. Reading Ave. 

The event will feature an overview of risk factors, signs of addiction, how to help an addict and resources available for those who need help. 

CPR training will also be offered and participants will receive a take-home CPR education kit to share with friends and family. During the event, paramedics will be performing a Naloxone demonstration.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is not just for the "at risk" members of the community. 

How do we define that? At risk: your neighbor, your friend, your parent, your spouse, your child, your grandchild, your student, YOU?

We have all been touched by this epidemic in some way. 

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