Randall, Bulova to Host Community Substance Abuse Summit

Loudoun Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) will co-host a Substance Abuse Summit with Fairfax County Chairwoman Sharon Bulova Tuesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. at the Northern Virginia Community College Waddell Theater in Sterling.

The goal of this summit is to provide resources and support for families and residents who are suffering with or recovering from the Disease of Addiction. The focus will be on substance abuse and dependency as a whole which includes the opioid crisis.

A panel from public safety, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, private industry, healthcare providers, recovering addicts and family members will attend to hold breakout sessions and talk frankly about this epidemic. Confirmed panelists include Neil McNerney, Community Services Board member and family counselor; Margaret Graham and Michelle Petruzzello, of the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services; Brian Coe, Prince William County HIDTA Prevention Program; Derwin Overton, Executive Director of OAR of Fairfax County Inc.; Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman; Karl Colder, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Craig James, co-founder and Director of Operations of Insight Into Action Therapy; and Franklin Holmes, owner of Sharp Line Cuts Barber Shop.

A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be served. RSVP to Elizabeth Bennis at elizabeth.bennis@loudoun.gov.  The summit is sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College and Kaiser Permanente.

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