Orleans addiction panel scheduled

Staff reports

A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion about drug and alcohol addiction Sunday, Oct. 23, at Federated Church of Orleans. Substance abuse and addiction have become widespread problems on the Cape and affect people of all ages, race, gender and socio-economic class. The first drug overdose vigil was held recently on the Hyannis Green for families affected by addiction. The church and Nauset Interfaith Council are sponsoring the event, which focuses on dimensions of the problem and ways in which the faith community can respond. 

The panelists will include Thomas Conrad, principal of Nauset Regional High School; Elizabeth Smith, director of Orleans Council on Aging; Kevin Higgins of the Orleans Police Department; Michelle Aceto, a registered nurse from Outer Cape Health and an addiction specialist; and Maureen Linehan of Homeless Prevention Council. Moderators will be the Revs. Sally Norris of Federated Church of Orleans and Wesley Williams of Orleans United Methodist Church.

The program will begin with a lunch at 12:15, followed by presentations and open discussion from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The church is at 162 Main St. in East Orleans. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church office at 508-255-3060, ext. 10.