April 17, 2016
Local residents will have a chance to speak out on the City of Philadelphia's heroin and opioid problem as a series of community meetings are set to begin this week.
City Councilman David Oh will host seven meetings throughout the city over the next four weeks to gather information from the public to help develop a strategy to address the drug abuse.
The first meeting will be held Monday at Northeast High School.
“This is an issue that needs community input if we’re going to take action to solve the epidemic in our neighborhoods,” Councilman Oh said. “Our experts and officials can provide leadership, but it’s the local residents who will ultimately have the biggest role in stopping the spread of heroin and opioids in Philadelphia.”
In January, City Council passed a resolution declaring 2016 as "The Year to Combat The Heroin Abuse Epidemic in Philadelphia," which authorized the meetings.
The Public Health and Human Services Committee will hold the first hearing regarding the matter on May 20.
Here's a full list of meetings:
All meetings are scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.