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Fighting the Drug Epidemic Takes a "We" Response

Cambria County Drug Coalition

The opioid epidemic affects everyone and will require community solutions, Ronna Yablonski told members of Johnstown Area Regional Industries’ health care consortium on Tuesday.

“We want them to understand the state of affairs is: Drug addiction is a ‘we’ issue and it will take a ‘we’ response,” Yablonski said following her presentation on the Cambria County Drug Coalition’s efforts to facilitate collaborative response.

Yablonski is executive director of the coalition she said was formed to bring together existing programs and develop new resources to battle the epidemic.

“We are really trying to be a hub for the county.”

Yablonski said Cambria County Drug Coalition has identified a continuum of areas involved in fighting the opioid epidemic: law enforcement, health care, education, prevention, treatment and the media.

On the education front, all Cambria County schools are using the nationally recognized Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum.


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