McNeill to host second town hall meeting on heroin and opioid addiction epidemic

WHITEHALL, March 21 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host a second town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the Lehigh Valley. 

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at American Club Pavilion, 300 Cherry St., Coplay.

McNeill said he is hosting a second town hall meeting because his first event was so highly attended, and he wants to get as many people involved in discussions about this crisis as possible.

“We need to keep this conversation going in order to educate everyone about the seriousness of this issue, McNeill said. “If we can prevent one young life from being lost, it will be worth it.” 

Some of the scheduled speakers include: Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Howe of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing); Donna Jacobsen, parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; Devin Reaves, Young People in Recovery; and Chelsea Ruane and Sarah McCann, recovering addicts. Several parents who have lost a child to an overdose have also asked to speak.

Parents and students are invited to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

The meeting will continue the conversation about why children get involved with drugs, how drug use can be prevented through education, and what the a community can do to fight back against such destructive behavior with often-tragic results.