Prevent Opioid Abuse Team visits Puerto Rico

From Left to right:
 
Eduardo Hernandez-Calo, Director of the Environmental Health Committee under the Presidency of Senator Carlos J. Rodriguez Mateo. Eduardo is currently a PhD student at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
 
Senator José Vargas Vidot, Senator, professor, and medical professional whom has shown continuous commitment with the homeless and HIV/AIDS community in Puerto Rico.
 
Dr. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean of the School of Farmacy at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico and president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. (AACP)
 
Senator Abel Nazario, a distinguished member of the education community in Puerto Rico and ex-mayor of Yauco.

Angela Conover, leader of Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
 
Angelo Valente, leader at Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
 
Jose Enrique Gonzalez Avila, Legislative Coordinator at the office of Senator Abel Nazario.

To curb the opioid epidemic, we all must do more

From Lehigh Valley Live

By Rhonda Miller

Nearly 200 people came together last month on a rainy Saturday night in Bethlehem, participating in a community forum addressing the opioid epidemic. Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in our region, state and nation. We lose more than 2,000 people in Pennsylvania and more than 50,000 people nationwide each year.

Having lost my son Ben to this epidemic, my mission and the mission of our organization, Speak Up for Ben, which organized the forum, is to prevent more families from going through what my family has gone through.

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Opioids claimed the lives of a young Pennsylvania mayor and his pal

He was mayor of a Schuylkill County town at age 22. Two years later, heroin claimed his life


Michael RubinkamOf The Associated Press

Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor of the tiny town of Mount Carbon, in what she assumed was a deep sleep. She tried to wake him for his overnight shift at the local supermarket, but he couldn’t be roused, even after she sprinkled him with water from a wet washcloth.

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