Heroin Summit Set for Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, OH - The heroin and opiate epidemic in Northeast Ohio continues to tear families apart. One community is stepping up to do something about it. 

Last year 28 people died of heroin overdoses in Lakewood. The fire departments says they responded to 251 overdose calls. That's why the city is partnering up with local groups for a  forum on heroin. It's called "Heroin to Hope". The goal: to build bridges in the community and address the problem together. It's Tuesday, May 16th at Lakewood Methodist Church.

"Heroin to Hope” begins at 6:30 p.m. with an open resource room where local nearly 50 organizations and programs will offer recovery, treatment, advocacy and prevention options. A prescription drug drop-box - like one at police stations - will also be featured at the event. 

The Community Conversation will begin at 7 p.m., featuring several speakers, including Vince Caraffi, from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and chairman of the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force; and Dr. Judith Welsh, the medical director of the emergency department at Cleveland Clinic Lakewood.

(Photo by Getty Images) 

Drug syringe and cooked heroin

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