Reclaiming our community from the opioid epidemic: A grandfather's perspective

I want to invite interested community members to reserve a seat at the Westlake Senior & Community Services Center on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. to hear the poignant personal story of a local family affected by the opiate crisis, AND learn how each and every one of us can be part of the community solution.

The speaker is from Robby's Voice, a non-profit dedicated to saving lives by promoting awareness of drug addiction. The speaker also happens to be Robby's grandfather. Bob Brandt will share his real life experience along with education about the signs and progression of drug addiction. He will be joined by personnel from the West Shore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) and UH St. John Medical Center, who will provide a resource table and give us an update on our community's current quick response team to assist in getting people connected to the help they need.

Drug addiction is baffling. According to the Robby's Voice website,, "The key to winning the war against addiction lies with the effort of the community. Law enforcement cannot arrest their way to victory, we must take our communities back through education, awareness and prevention." 

We can all play a role. We must break the silence. Silence prolongs suffering, and if you are suffering because you or a family member are struggling with an addiction, you are certainly not alone. Statistics tell us that all of us will probably be affected by someone's addiction in our lifetime.

Call 440-899-3544 to reserve a seat for this free talk. The Westlake Senior & Community Services Center is located at 29694 Center Ridge Road.

Lydia Gadd

I am the Director of the Senior and Community Services Department for the City of Westlake. I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

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