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Heroin – Stop the Demand! Presentation

We need to act now to educate our youth as to the deadly facts about heroin use. It is the goal of this presentation to raise our collective awareness about opiate abuse, to include heroin, and to facilitate further community discussions and involvement in an effort to have a greater impact on reducing the demand for such drugs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Brewer Performing Arts Center
Brought to you by the Brewer Police Department in partnership with
the Brewer School System and the Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN)

Heroin Alert 2015 Notice (full pdf notice)

Heroin Alert 2015

Program: 6:30PM to 7:15PM

  1. Councilor Jerry Goss, City of Brewer. Master of Ceremonies – opening remarks
  2. Chief Perry B. Antone,Sr., Public Safety Director City of Brewer
  3. Northern Maine Commander Peter Arno, Maine Drug Enforce­ment Agency
  4. Chair Bruce Campbell, Bangor Area Recovery Network’s Board of Directors

Heroin Alert Program: 7:15PM to 8:00PM

New Castle County Department of Public Safety, New Castle,  Delaware

  1. Officer Perry Sorrels: Officer Perry Sorrels has been with the New Castle County Police Department since 2001. He first worked as a Police Dispatcher until 2006. He then went to Patrol where he became a Field Training Officer. He was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit as a property Detective. He now currently works for the Community Services Unit where is assigned to the Heroin Alert Team. During his career he has received two Commendations of Merit. Officer Sorrels is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
  2. Marie Allen: Marie Allen has dedicated her life to educating young people about the perils of addiction. After the tragic death of her oldest daughter (Erin), she began her work to educate and assist families in crisis. Marie began workingwith The New Castle County Police and Paramedics Heroin Alert Team in 1998, were she is currently employed. She has received several awards for exemplary community service through education. Ms. Allen has testified before the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. for improved addiction treatment. Ms. Allen authored the book, “Dope Help” chronicling her daughter, Erin’s, struggle with addiction – from early experi­mentation, to her untimely death and the repercussions for her family. Most of Dope Help’s text comes from personal journals and letters to the author, Marie Allen, from her addicted daughter, Erin. The book was published to fulfill Erin’s wish to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and the devastating effect they can have on adolescent lives.

Display Tables & Meet the Presenters: 8:00PM to 8:30 PM

At the end of the presentation there will be informational tables to provide you with additional resources on this topic from the following partners:

  1. Bangor Area Recovery Network
  2. Maine Office of Substance Abuse
  3. Acadia Hospital
  4. Community Health and Counselling Services
  5. Penobscot Community Health Care
  6. Discovery House – Bangor
  7. Bangor Public Health & Community Services – Drug-Free Communities