Loudoun, Fairfax Team Up For Substance Abuse Summit

Loudoun, Fairfax Team Up For Substance Abuse Summit

Government officials from Loudoun and Fairfax counties are combining resources to sponsor a Substance Abuse Summit April 17 at Northern Virginia Community College in Sterling.

Phyllis J. Randall, Chair At-Large of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, will co-host the summit with Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 17 at Waddell Theater, LW Building, 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling.

The goal of this summit is to provide resources and support for families and residents who are suffering with or recovering from the Disease of Addiction. The focus will be on substance abuse and dependency as a whole which includes the opioid crisis.

A panel from public safety, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, private industry, health-care providers, recovering addicts and family members have come together to hold breakout sessions and talk frankly about this epidemic. Confirmed panelists include the following. Other panelists will be announced closer to the Summit.

Neil McNerney – Community Services Board Member and Family Counselor

Margaret Graham and Michelle Petruzzello – Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services

Brian Coe – Prince William County HIDTA Prevention Program

Derwin Overton – Executive Director, OAR of Fairfax County, Inc.

Mike Chapman – Loudoun County Sheriff

Karl Colder – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Craig James – Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Insight Into Action Therapy

Franklin Holmes – Owner, Sharp Line Cuts Barber Shop
A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be served.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Elizabeth Bennis at elizabeth.bennis@loudoun.gov.

Northern Virginia Community College and Kaiser Permanente are event sponsors.

Joseph Dill