UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — Leaders in Upper Darby joined forces Monday night to host an opioid crisis forum aimed at combatting the epidemic.
It was an open panel discussion with officials like Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie taking part.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
As did police superintendent Michael Chitwood who says the opioid crisis is a big concern in their community
“Since 2015, 89 people have died as a result of overdoses,” he said.
So they wanted to hold this forum to educate the public.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
“Here’s the problem, this is what people are doing, as a parent this is what you should look out for,” Chitwood said.
The panel also addressed the impact drug abuse has on families, something Jean Philion knows too well
“My son was addicted for three years and he passed away on Christmas Day,” Philion said.
She says events like this are a must, so people don’t suffer in silence.
“To know that there’s help out there, there resources,” she said.MORE NEWS: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
Area treatment service providers were also on hand.