Opioid Overdose Prevention Conference

Our Community’s Clear & Present Danger:
The Lethal Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Lowell High School Cyrus W. Irish Auditorium, 50 Father Morissette Blvd.
Intended Audience: Parents, Students, Educators, Community Leaders and Community Members
Presentations by:
Joanne Peterson, founder of Learn2Cope
Dr. Peter Connolly, MD, Medical Director, Lowell Health Department
Gerry Leone, Middlesex County District Attorney
Have your questions and concerns addressed by Joanne Peterson and state and city government officials.
If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Ball at the Lowell Police Department at JBall@lowellma.gov Prescription drug abuse is viewed as the biggest and fastest growing part of America’s drug problem.
Prescription painkillers have now surpassed heroin and cocaine as the leading cause of fatal overdoses.
Made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Event hosted by the City of Lowell School Department, Police Department and Health Department in conjunction with the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention and the Office of Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr.
Please come to this community forum to learn about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the ways that parents can understand the risks and cope with these issues.
Did you know? Prescription painkillers are now the leading cause of drug overdoses.
Prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year.
The number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers more than tripled from 1999 to 2006.


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