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Wilton Holds Panel Discussion On Opioid, Heroin Abuse

A panel discussion on opioid and heroin abuse will be held at Wilton High School's Little Theater on Wednesday, April 20.
A panel discussion on opioid and heroin abuse will be held at Wilton High School's Little Theater on Wednesday, April 20. Photo Credit: Be.Futureproof at Flickr

WILTON, Conn. -- A panel discussion on opioid and heroin abuse will be held at Wilton High School's Little Theater on Wednesday, April 20.

The panel discussion will help deepen the understanding of root causes of opioid and heroin abuse and strategies for prevention. It will address signs and symptoms of trouble and offer treatment options and a message of hope for those suffering from addiction.

The event is open to the public and appropriate for students in grades 7 and up. Today, opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet are routinely prescribed for pain management. Concurrent with improved treatment of pain, however, has been a rise in addiction to these medicines in adults and teens.

When the pills run out or become difficult to obtain, the next step is often heroin. Dr. John Douglas, clinical director of Silver Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Addiction Program, will lead the panel discussion.

Also participating will be School Resource Officer Rich Ross, Wilton Public Schools Outreach Counselor Kristin Dineen, two adults in recovery, and addiction counselor Vince Benevento of Causeway Collaborative.

The moderator for the evening will be Karen Birck of the League of Women Voters. This program is co-sponsored by Human Services Council, League of Women Voters, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Silver Hill Hospital, Wilton Interfaith Clergy Association, Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Social and Youth Services, and Wilton Youth Council.

A resource fair will commence at 6:30 p.m., and the program will run from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The resource fair will resume from 8:30 to 9 p.m. For additional information, call the school at 203-762-0381.

Wilton High School is at 395 Danbury Road, Wilton.

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