Drug epidemic is topic of forum

he Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County is holding its first “community cafè” in Shortsville on Sept. 14.

The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Red Jacket Community Library, 7 Lehigh St. The coalition is an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County.

Petrea Rae, coalition coordinator, said the goal of the cafè — which is free and open to the public — is to raise awareness about substance abuse. Community members will have the opportunity to discuss concerns in their neighborhoods and explore prevention efforts and solutions.

Coalition members will discuss strategies to prevent substance abuse, specifically as it related to the heroin and prescription drug epidemic gripping the nation. A question-and-answer session will also be part of the forum.

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