Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough recently hosted Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis at a weekly meeting.
Evangelidis has developed a unique drug and alcohol education program, Face2Face, which has been presented to more than 370,000 middle and high school students throughout the region. The Face2Face program visually demonstrates the dangers and effects of opioid use which many times leads to incarceration and ends lives far too early. Evangelidis shared his message of prevention through education and also touched on other functions of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction.
Rotary Club of Westborough President Betsy Moquin invited the sheriff as the Club is partnering with Westborough Connects, Westborough Youth & Family Services and the Westborough Public Schools on a Community Education Series focused on Addiction Prevention and Education.
The Westborough Addiction Prevention and Education program is based upon a Rotary International model and the first event will begin the dialogue about addiction and prevention. It will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m., at the Mill Pond School, 6 Olde Hickory Path.
The second event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Westborough High School, 90 West Main St. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ruth Potee, a board-certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, Mass. Dr. Potee is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County.
For more information on the Addiction Prevention Community Education Series visit www.westboroughrotary.org.