Rethink Addiction: A Panel Discussion about the Heroin Epidemic
Please join PCA&D on Thursday, March 29th at 7pm, for a very important event: Rethink Addiction, a panel discussion about the current climate around the heroin epidemic. The panel is comprised of a spectrum of perspectives on the issue and will be discussing the laws and procedures put in place to battle the epidemic, the facilities and programs available for those suffering, how art can play a part in community outreach, and what recovery looked/looks like for one individual.
According to a November 2017 article in Lancaster newspapers, the first nine months of 2017 saw 122 drug-overdose deaths in Lancaster County, surpassing the 117 total overdose deaths here for all of 2016.
- Muralist Lisa Kelly – Harm Reduction Specialist, Philadelphia
- Judge David Ashworth – Lancaster County Drug Court
- Damon Greathouse – City of Lancaster Police Department
- Michael Reihart – Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Room Physician
- Leah Limpert Walt – PCA&D Fine Art Senior, with personal experience of the recovery journey
Adam DelMarcelle, a PCA&D faculty member whose artwork addressing the opioid crisis hands is in the National Archives, will be moderating the panel.
This panel is a community event, not just a PCA&D event, and members of the community are encouraged to attend. The event will be held in the PCA&D Atrium, 204 N Prince Street, Lancaster.
Leah Limpert-Walt has encouraged her fellow art students to “Come to this safe event, bring a friend for support, or your whole family, or come alone, but come. Come and ask questions, publicly, privately, or anonymously. Come listen to what those combatting this behind the scenes are doing, listen to how art can participate in social change, and discover more about what is available to support you and your loved ones along the way.”
This discussion will also provide information and resources that are available for you, for those you love, and our community. Following the panel, there will be a small art exhibition featuring works about addiction hope and recovery.
This Addiction Panel has been organized as part of PCA&D’s UStudio programs, offering students tools to develop skills relating to personal safety, substance abuse prevention, and healthy living, in order to inform and support students and the community at large during the ongoing opioid crisis.
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