Barnstable Democratic Town Committee to sponsor substance abuse panel discussion

Polls, panel members and health experts to discuss the Cape's growing epidemic

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will host "Combating Cape Cod's Substance Abuse Epidemic", a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Centerville Library at 585 Main Street in Centerville. The event, which is free, non-partisan and open to the public, will pose the questions: what's working, what's missing and what can we do as relates to the recent escalation in opioid drug use and overdoses on Cape Cod and across the commonwealth.

Susan Rohrbach, the district director of State Senator Dan Wolf's Office and a Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council member will moderate the discussion. 

Prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery and support will be covered during the discussion.

The panel is made up of the following political representatives, area health experts and local organization members: Elizabeth Albert, Director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services; Cheryl Bartlett, Executive Director of Cape Cod Healthcare's Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and the former Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health; Michael Jackman, District Director of Congressman William Keating's Office; Janis McGrory, Parent Activist with Learn to Cope, FED UP, Lower Cape Community Addiction Network and a Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council member; Nate Robertson, co-filmmaker of "What Happened Here: The Untold Story of Addiction on Cape Cod" and co-founder/co-chair of Recovering Youth Coalition and Raymond V. Tamasi, President & CEO of Gosnold on Cape Cod.

As the number of overdoses--many fatal--continues to rise, community members will come together with a common goal--to prevention addiction before it even begins. 


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