Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) Director of Professional Development N’ecole Ast is currently assisting in the coordination of Coventry Local School District’s informative session on the opiate epidemic. The event is free and open to all community members and will take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Coventry High School.
“The opiate epidemic is affecting all of our communities which makes awareness and prevention efforts imperative,” said Ast. “Summit ESC understands the importance of providing all students and families the resources they need to make safe, healthy decisions.”
The doors will open at 6 p.m. for community members to visit various resource tables from Summit Community Partnership, Greenleaf Family Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Center, Oriana House, Summit County DARE, Project DAWN, IBH Addiction Recovery Center, Cover2 Resources and Breaking Barriers-Hope is Alive. Additional resource tables will be set up for community members to visit.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Judge Joy Oldfield, from Summit County Turning Point Recovery Court will welcome the community. Travis Bornstein, founder: Breaking Barriers Hope is Alive, will then speak about the opiate epidemic and Greg McNeil, founder: Cover2 Resources, will discuss his work with Quick Response Teams (QRT) and an initiative with Drug Free Clubs of America. Following McNeil’s presentation, Adam Rockich and John Dolensky, Coventry Fire Department, will provide an update of where they are in the process of developing the Coventry QRT and when an official roll out of the initiative can be expected by the community. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session facilitated by Dr. Doug Smith, Chief Medical Officer, Summit County ADM Board.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring resources and guidance to individuals who need help in our community,” said Coventry Local School District’s Superintendent Russell Chaboudy. “I would like to thank all of the groups involved in planning this event to bring hope to those impacted by this terrible addiction.”
Coventry’s QRT is being created as a result of the growing opioid epidemic. The district’s goal is to provide students, parents and community members with a resource that will give individuals the help they need.
Additionally, a pill dump, organized by Coventry’s sheriff department, will be available during the event for all community members to dispose of unused prescriptions.
“Coventry Sheriff Steve Barry and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office are looking forward to being a part of QRT team to address Coventry’s opiate epidemic,” said Walsh. “In addition to collecting unused medications at this event, we will also have a collection box set up at our District 3 Office, located at 393 E. Turkeyfoot Rd., on April 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We invite you to bring your unused medication and become a part of the solution.”