Heroin Forum to Focus on Addiction Support, Prevention Efforts

Area leaders will continue to raise awareness of the dangerous heroin epidemic during a March 18 forum in Leesburg.

The session is organized by U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is the second forum designed for parents and students regarding heroin addiction, the resources available to those who are addicted, and prevention efforts.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Loudoun County Public Schools, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Health Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate. Also in attendance will be Nick Yacoub, the peer support specialist supervisor/senior recovery coach for the Substance Abuse Addiction and Recovery Alliance. He will share his story of abuse and recovery after an arrest in Loudoun County, which culminated in treatment as part of his sentencing.

The program will be held at the DEA Museum, 750 Miller Drive, SE, Suite F-1, starting at 6 p.m.

The roundtable discussion is part of a series of initiatives surrounding the formation of the regional Heroin Operations Team one year ago in an effort to curb heroin overdoses and related crimes in the region.

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