Have you been touched by the opioid crisis? Are you wondering what on-the-ground strategies are happening in your community, and how you can help?

The OPEN Coalition is hosting a community summit on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Hospital cafeteria, 230 Highland Ave, Somerville. Residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, and Watertown are invited to discuss local approaches to the crisis.

Attendees will hear from Jamie Zimmerman (Cambridge Needle Exchange) and staff from the Cambridge Health Alliance Addictions Treatment Clinic who will discuss supporting people in recovery and treating addictions in our communities. Small group discussions will focus on the following topics:

  • What types of resources or events would you want to see in your community in response to the opioid crisis?
  • Necessary Talks: How do you create cooperative conversations with youth about drug use?
  • What role do families and parents play in combating the opioid crisis?
  • How can your town support continued recovery after treatment?
  • What are creative ways of raising community awareness and engagement in your town?
  • How can your town create opportunities for long-term sobriety?

Please visit the Eventbrite to RSVP. Doors open at 6 p.m. A light dinner will be served, and child care is available. Please indicate a need for child care when you RSVP. Free parking will be available to residents and nonresidents on streets near the hospital.

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For more information about the event, contact Tali Schiller at naschiller@challiance.org or 617-665-3872.

OPEN (Overdose Prevention and Education Network) is a regional collaboration between the communities of Cambridge, Everett, Somerville and Watertown to address the issue of opioid use and abuse and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. The Cambridge Public Health Department is the lead agency for this four-city collaborative. Visit the OPEN website at http://odprevention.org.