Seminole County Sheriff’s Office to host Opioid Community Forum at Seminole State College

Last year, 82 people died in Seminole County because they overdosed on opioids.

We need YOUR help to lower that number in 2019 and beyond. We are in the midst of a national crisis that is affecting us here in Seminole County. We are taking steps and becoming the leader on treatment, recovery, and education. We know this takes a lot of people and the community serving as advocates. This special event is put on through the partnership of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole State College of Florida, and AdventHealth. It’s a great time to hear personal stories on how opioids and addiction are affecting our community and what we can do to face the epidemic head on. Join Sheriff Dennis Lemma and a panel of experts and those with personal testimonies as they discuss the opioid epidemic in Seminole County on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room C-108) from 7 to 9 p.m.

You’ll hear first-hand accounts of addiction, loss, recovery and hope.

You’ll also discover answers to questions like:

  • How do opioids affect my community?
  • How can I help those struggling with addiction?
  • Where can I turn for resources?

Sheriff Lemma will be joined by special guests: Dr. Raghu Ganjam, Substance Use Disorder Consultant/Medical Director at AdventHealth; opioid survivor Katie Bowman who provides a story of hope to those facing addiction; and mother Diane Stevenson who lost her child to an opioid overdose. Treatment personnel and addiction counselors will also be on site to provide individual resources and answer any questions you may have.

Don’t let the opioid epidemic catch you or your family off guard. Learn as much as you can now about Seminole County’s holistic approach to permanent recoveries.

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