The next presentation in a series of free public lectures on the seven areas of concern for Delaware Youth, “The Opioid Epidemic in Delaware: A Perspective From The Hospital” is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12.

The next presentation in a series of free public lectures on the seven areas of concern for Delaware Youth, “The Opioid Epidemic in Delaware: A Perspective From The Hospital” is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Medical Society of Delaware Conference Center, 900 Prides Crossing, Newark.

Parents and others involved with youth who are interested in learning more on the subject matter are encouraged to attend.

Special guest speaker Terry Horton, chief of Christiana Care’s Division of Addiction Medicine and a nationally recognized authority on substance will focus on: what is heroin and what does it do, the heroin epidemic, what is required to address the problem, the Christiana Care Health System experience, next steps and resources for help

“We must re-think our approach to combatting this epidemic,” said Horton. “This is a communitywide issue that requires communitywide resources and services. Addiction knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, geography or socio-economic background. We can and must do a better job of preventing access to these powerful drugs, as well as providing a pathway for those people addicted to them, back to overall wellness.”

Seating is limited. To register by Oct. 10: tinyurl.com/DelawareEpidemic; 366-1694.