Roanoke County Schools host opioid, heroin education meetings

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Roanoke County schools are doing their part in the fight against the opioid and heroin crisis.

They've teamed up with the Roanoke Opioid/Heroin Task Force and the Prevention Council of Roanoke County to host community meetings across the county.

Parents are invited to learn about the crisis in the Roanoke Valley.

As part of the presentation, parents will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms.

They'll also learn what resources are available.

According to the school district, Each meeting will feature several community speakers including an update on the current crisis from law enforcement, personal stories of how families are affected by opioid/heroin addiction, tips for talking with medical professionals and where to get answers and help for opioid/heroin addiction.

"Really anyone in the community is invited. We work with our students in school in terms of educating them, but really it's a community issue," said Director of Administration Dr. Ken Nicely.

"We have an audience in terms of parents we can reach out to let them know, but really anyone in the community is welcome to come out."

The school district has already held meetings on December 4 and 7 at William Byrd High School and Glenvar High School.

They will host the following meetings in January:

North County: Thursday, Jan. 18 at Northside High School
South County: Monday, Jan. 22 at Cave Spring High School