“Not in my Town, Not with my Kids.”

For Immediate release Ellen Miles
413 237 3553
Southwick Rotary Club hosting community forum to discuss
Opioid Addiction – Hampden County Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi –
Keynote Speaker
April 17, 2018, Southwick, MA … Mike Parent, Vice President, of the Southwick Rotary Club,
announced a forum has been scheduled to address the opioid addiction crisis in Southwick and
surrounding communities in an effort to alleviate the devastating effects on our local families
and communities.
Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi, Hampden County Sheriff, is taking a proactive approach to the epidemic
by reaching out to his communities in Hampden County. His goal is to take advantage of
programs and awareness before a victim needs to be incarcerated for various reasons regarding
opioids and other drugs. His goal is to limit the usual results of drug usage and illegal activities
to support drug habits. In addition to addicted adults, Cocchi’s presentation focuses on the
theme of “Not in my Town, Not with my Kids.”
Sheriff Cocchi will be supported by community leaders including police, fire/EMT, school
administration, and the Select Board. Additionally, recovering user, Courtney Rex of the
Michael Dias Foundation will also share his story.
Resource exhibitors include the Health Department, One Call Away (a PTSD awareness program
for veterans and first responders who struggle with PTSD), ADCARE outpatient addiction
services, Narcotics Anonymous 12 step recovery program, New England Adventures program
helping veterans overcome addiction through outdoor experiences, Dianne Boland
representing From the Ground Up, and Learn to Cope, a state- funded agency. Mike Parent said
“we all know that it is a widespread crisis that is continuing to grow. We want to do our best
to take care of our local families first.”
The forum will take place on May 16 at the Southwick Town Hall at 6 pm. For more information
on the program, contact Mike Parent at 413 998-3634. Rotary welcomes parents, children,
caregivers, and anyone that struggles with addiction and is looking for help.
The Southwick Rotary Club is made up of dedicated people who share a passion for
community service and friendship working together as volunteers. Rotarians work locally,
regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide
education, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto of “Service above Self.” The
club meets at Nora’s Restaurant, 106 Point Gove Road, Southwick, every Wednesday at 6:00
pm. For information on club activities, visit southwickrotary.org, Facebook/Southwick
Rotary, or contact President Chris Boyd at 413 348 9918 or email boyd1152@yahoo.com.