Cocalico community meeting on drug issues set for Jan. 24

By on January 11, 2017

A community conversation to frame the addiction issue, its impact, and share resources and substance abuse treatment options will take place in the Cocalico High School auditorium Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Cocalico community leaders in Adamstown and Denver boroughs, East Cocalico and West Cocalico townships, and the Cocalico School District, the meeting will feature representatives from the county’s Anti-heroin Task Force.

The Anti-heroin Task Force has helped other Lancaster County communities understand and address the addiction issue locally.

Addiction can happen to anyone. Heroin overdoses rob more and more families of their loved ones. Law enforcement cannot solve this problem alone. It will take everyone in the community working together.

Those attending the meeting will learn more about the heroin problem locally. Over the last four years, county deaths from drug overdose have more than tripled.

In June 2016, more than 80 residents told the Denver Borough Council that they felt certain areas of the borough were frequented by drug dealers. Residents requested council help educate the community about the addiction crisis, which is a national issue, and tackle the problem as it exists locally.

Denver Borough officials initiated conversation with other Cocalico municipal leaders, the school district, and the police department. The result is this first community meeting for all residents of the Cocalico School District.

Denver is coordinating arrangements for this meeting. Those interested should call Denver Borough Hall at 717-336-2831 with any questions.

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