Youth At Risk: The Rising Opioid Epidemic in our Communities


Now, more than ever, our communities are struggling with prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  To help educate the community, Emerson Hospital is sponsoring a free public forum, Youth at Risk: The Opioid Epidemic in our Communities – An Evening about Prevention, Collaboration and Education on Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The forum will be held at the Blanchard Middle School, 14 West Street in Westford.

Participants will learn how prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction affects all members of the community; the facts about the disease of addiction; trends in the community; options for treatment; the realities of recovery; and how community prevention is a vital component of the solution.

Local prevention and treatment experts, people in recovery, law enforcement, and a family who has been impacted by opioid addiction will be speaking. The community forum is open to everyone – no reservations are required.  For questions and information, please email:

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Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit