County officials to tackle opioid issue at meeting

Some of the drugs and weapons seized by county law enforcement officials. On average, 91 people die every day in the United States from opioid overdoses. A meeting on the issue is set for 7 p.m. tonight in the Struble Room at the Chester County Library.

WEST WHITELAND >> County officials involved in the battle against the opioid crisis will appear at a session of the School of Government Wednesday, to answer the questions, “How was the opioid crisis created? How does it affect Chester County? What are we doing to about it now? What is going to happen in the future?”

The presentation, led by county District Attorney Tom Hogan and commissioners’ Chairwoman Michelle Kichline, will include a comprehensive overview of the heroin and prescription opioid addiction issues that currently are ravaging the nation. Those attending will get to see the historic evolution of the problem, current data, and projections of likely future ramifications.

Much of the information to be revealed is not generally available to the public, but instead has been compiled through local and national law enforcement intelligence sharing. The event will included a PowerPoint presentation and a question & answer session.

“On average, 91 people die every day in the United States from opioid overdoses,” said Hogan in a new release about the meeting. “That is a staggering and sobering death toll. This presentation will give citizens a behind-the-scenes look at this issue using sophisticated law enforcement data. This is a presentation that everybody should see.”

Added Kichline, “This year’s School of Government series has covered issues that are very important to Chester County residents and unfortunately, the opioid and heroin crisis is one that is growing in importance as it affects us more and more. This is a great forum to show how many county services are working together to tackle every aspect of this life-altering problem.”

The school will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Struble Room at the Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. The presentation is open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, email school@chesco.org or call (610) 344-6100.

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