March 21 2016

Police and Burlington High to Hold Seminar on Opioid Addiction with "Mock Bedroom"

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Police Department will hold a seminar this spring to provide information to parents and other residents about a dangerous trend that is taking the lives of many people across the country. 


The department will host an opioid seminar in cooperation with Burlington High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. 


“The event comes amidst a nationwide opioid epidemic that has left no community untouched by the disease of addiction,” a release states. “All are welcome to attend.”


Together with Burlington High School, the Burlington Police Department invites the community to join them for an opioid seminar featuring presentations by law enforcement professionals, including a special agent from the DEA, a veteran Burlington Police Narcotics Detective and a keynote speech from former New England Patriot Chris Sullivan titled, "Not in the Playbook,” the release states.  


All residents are encouraged to attend, especially parents with school-aged children. Police will set up a "mock bedroom" intended to educate parents on signs that could indicate drug use in their child's room. Officers will be available to answer questions from attendees.


"We are really looking forward to sharing helpful information and resources with residents during this event," Chief Kent said. "While we understand that no city or town is immune to the disease of addiction, it is our hope that by educating our residents, we can create a safer environment for our children and community as a whole."

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