Community Resource Center in Summerville to host town hall on opioid crisis

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Community Resource Center is hosting a Town Hall in Summerville to talk about how the opioid crisis is impacting people in the town.

The director of the center, Louis Smith, held a news conference at the Town of Summerville Public Safety Building on Monday.

The Town Hall will be open to the public and will take place on Tuesday at Doty Park located at 320 N. Laurel Street.

Smith invited the Summerville Police Department to attend where he says they will be providing statistics on the opioid issues facing the community they serve.

He says he is calling on the Town of Summerville to join a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies as some other cities have done nationwide.

"We do know there are a lot of prescriptions being written, we need to address that now," Smith said. "We are losing too many of our children, our family, our loved ones to this epidemic."

One woman who moved to Summerville four years ago, Gail St. George, spoke out at the news conference saying her daughter has been struggling with a heroin addiction for the past 15 years on and off.

"We need to get a plan in place and we need to do it quickly. I also think this needs to be brought into the schools," George said. "Children need to be educated and parents need to be educated."

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