The Starke Taskforce for Overdose Prevention (STOP) is working to bring community members from various backgrounds and sectors together to address prevention, treatment and recovery in regards to opioid abuse disorder within the community.
Last month, the organization held a ‘Town Hall’ meeting at the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association building. This was the first of four public sessions that have been scheduled.
The discussion was led by Todd Willis, the director of prevention education at Porter-Starke Services.
Willis explained that STOP was established through the Rural Communities Opiod Response Planning Initiative. He also shared national statistics related to the opioid epidemic, as well as localized stats specific to the State of Indiana and Starke County.
On Tuesday, June 11th, the group will hold their monthly meeting for existing members of the consortium as well as another public information session. Visit StarkeCountySTOP.org for more details about those events.
To hear more from May’s meeting, tune into this Sunday’s Kankakee Valley Viewpoints Program at noon right here on K99.3 WKVI.