The Lewiston-Altura School District is hosting a free community event to provide education and support on opioid use and addiction. In light of the national opioid epidemic and increasing overdose deaths each year, organizers are partnering with local experts and guest presenters to prevent opioid misuse. “The percentage of students in Winona County who report using a prescription pain killer not prescribed to them is slightly higher than the national average, so this information needs to be heard by students and adults,” said Phil Huerta, program coordinator for the Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention.
The free event will take place on Monday, April 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lewiston-Altura High School gymnasium. Special guest Colleen Ronnei, founder of Change the Outcome, will join the panel to share her family’s personal story of how they lost their son to an overdose and her efforts to make something good come from the heartbreak. Change the Outcome, a nonprofit organization, will present information and testimonials alongside people in recovery, local law enforcement, and health care and resource agencies. You can learn more by going to https://www.facebook.com/events/161842464506166/ or emailing Bree Maki at firstname.lastname@example.org