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"Communities That Care" Summit Targets Heroin Addiction

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More than 250 community members were in attendance at first-ever "Communities That Care Summit" (Source: WBOC) More than 250 community members were in attendance at first-ever "Communities That Care Summit" (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - More than 250 community members gathered at the Crossroad Community Church in Georgetown Tuesday morning in an effort to better collaborate in the fight against heroin addiction. The "Communities That Care Summit," was the first of its kind to be held in southern Delaware.

Peggy Geisler, from the Sussex County Health Coalition, said that the summit is all about improving collaborative efforts against the epidemic. 

"If any of us does one thing," she said. "It's not going to make that much of an impact. But if all of us are focused around a policy level, a treatment level, a community support level, and even a prevention level, we are then maybe can be able to stem the tide. And there is a tide."

Heroin addiction has been declared an epidemic by many in the health community, as well as lawmakers such as Gov. Jack Markell. 

Speakers at the event included John Rittenhouse, from SHIFT Destiny INC, SSG Ken Watson from the Delaware National Guard Counter-drug Task Force, and Debbie Pringle, the director of nursing at Connections. 

Rep. Timothy Dukes, Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, and Sen. Brian Pettyjohn were also speakers at the event.

"I think everyone is really passionate," said Geisler. "But I think to make the  best impact, you really need to align your activities. You really need to figure out how and what are the goals you as a community are working toward."

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