Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

Catasauqua continues opioid discussion during open forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Opioids have become one of the area’s largest concerns among teens, and Catasauqua is determined to stop it from getting worse.

Preventive tips and rehabilitation options were discussed with treatment professionals, medical personnel, those in recovery, Catasauqua Area School District faculty and others during an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic, held Sept. 27 at Catasauqua High School.

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, partnered with the school district to present this town hall meeting.

“Even though the conversation has always been going on, it has become stronger than ever,” McNeill said. “More groups have combined resources to get help.”

The presentation focused on an array of individuals, each with their own experiences with drugs — whether it be from personal experience, with family members, for medical purposes and other reasons.

Catasauqua welcomed Dr. Gillian Beauchamp, who is board certified in emergency medicine, toxicology and addiction medicine with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Lehigh County Administrator for Drug and Alcohol Layne Turner also spoke about her experiences.

Other speakers included Bill Stauffer, executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance; Dan Carpenter, with Center City Recovery; and Heather Browne, a health and wellness coach.

Catasauqua High School also gave parents the opportunity to look at a mock bedroom to educate them on where drugs could be hidden.

Those attending the forum agreed it is important conversation and education regarding opioid addiction continues to protect members of the community and for individuals to get the help they need.