GREEN The city of Green’s City Without Drugs - Green Task Force is hosting a community outreach meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in City Council chambers, 1755 Town Park Blvd. The meeting will share neighborhood specific statistics of calls for drug overdoses as well as how the Green Fire Department, the Summit County Sheriff's Department and others are working together to combat the growing drug issue.
"The purpose of these meetings is to shine a light on the problem of drug abuse and specifically how it is everywhere and crosses socioeconomic boundaries. It is a serious epidemic and Green is not immune," said Brian Lloyd, Green fire medic, member of the Green Drug Task Force and a presenter of the community outreach program in a news release. "Over the past three years, drug overdoses in Green and the region have increased. It’s time to do something about it and that starts with education."
The presentation will include an update on the opiate epidemic in Summit County and within the city of Green. Crime and response statistics will be shared along with details on how the city's safety services are managing these issues. In addition, resources and information for families and those impacted by drug abuse will be shared. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.
The presentation portion of the meeting will be live streamed and recorded on www.cityofgreen.org/videos. For more information, visit http://www.cityofgreen.org/city-without-drugs.
Green has seen a rise in overdoses over the past several years. In 2016, the city's fire division responded to 83 drug overdoses compared to 42 and 27 in 2015 and 2014, respectively.