Local residents will have the chance to talk with recovering addicts and learn more about heroin and opioid addiction during an awareness event on Sept. 23 at Trenton Community Park.
Speakers at the “Ask an Addict” event will include addicts in recovery, families, first responders, pharmacists and people with other insights into the addiction epidemic.
The event will also include free barbecue for attendees.
“Our main purpose is to encourage the public to learn more about this disease that is claiming so many lives, ruining families, and causing great harm to society,” said co-organizer Joe Metzger in a news release.
Metzger is an opioid addict in recovery.
The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in the larger of the two pavilions in the park, accessible from old Route 50 from North Ash Street.
The owners of The Sun newspaper in Trenton, Mike and Sybil Conley, are helping coordinate the event. Their daughter Zoë Conley died of a heroin overdose May 24.
Her death is under investigation, and police Chief Chris Joellenbeck said on Aug. 16 investigators were still waiting for results from a pathologist.
Some police agencies and coroners across the country have begun to treat every heroin-overdose death as a homicide. In Illinois, a person who provides illegal drugs that cause a death can be charged with drug-induced homicide, a class X felony.