Community Coming Together to Tackle Drug Problem in October

HAGERSTOWN—If it takes a village to raise a child, then the least local agencies and churches can do is get together to seek ways to get and/or keep him or her off drugs.
Dealing with Drugs Discussion is just such a gathering, on Tuesday evenings in October, starting from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Cumberland Valley Baptist Church, 919 Corbett Street in the city’s South end.
The series, running each Tuesday evening through Oct. 24, will tackle the big questions of “What” is the situation with the current opioid epidemic and then focus on the more elusive “Why” people turn to harmful and illegal substances.  The second and third weeks will feature several overcomers talking about “How” to beat addiction, and the fourth week will focus on “Where” do we go from here.
Using a three-pronged approach of physical, emotional and spiritual, facilitators for the series are Vicki Sterling, LCSW-C, Director of Behavioral Health for the Washington County Health Dept.; Melissa Phillips, LCSW-C, Program Manager at Villa Maria Community Resources, and Rev. Ron Kline, Pastor of the host church.
The sessions are free and open to the public, but designed for drug users, family members, healthcare providers, and interested people of faith who want to get together and make a difference in our communities.  Cumberland Valley Baptist Church is midway between Wilson Boulevard and the Rose Hill Cemetery.  Reservations are not required, but questions may be directed to Rev. Kline at, or 240-500-5524.