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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Rockville’s Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic to Tip Off with Former NBA Player and Free Events

Herren to Tell His Story, College to Host Panel and Training

Rockville, Maryland, Feb. 26 – Rockville’s campaign to combat the opioid epidemic will welcome Chris Herren, a former NBA player and recovery advocate, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive.

After his basketball career, Herren founded Herren Project, a nonprofit serving individuals and families impacted by substance use and the disease of addiction. His story has been the subject of an Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary.

Herren’s presentation in Rockville, Prevention Starts with All: The Chris Herren Story, will detail the former Boston Celtics player’s inspirational journey from addiction to recovery, and his mission to make a difference. The presentation is free and open to all.

The city’s efforts against opioid abuse will continue with a panel discussion of experts on the topic and training on how to respond to an opioid overdose at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30 in Room 301 of the Science West building at Montgomery College – Rockville, 51 Mannakee St. Admission is free. Visit and register for course #9455.

The panel discussion will include Raymond Crowell, chief of Montgomery County’s Behavioral Health and Crisis Services, and Meghan Westwood, executive director of Maryland Treatment Centers, Inc.

Partnering with Rockville to host the event are Montgomery College, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council. 

Rockville’s Mayor and Council, city staff, and community partners are joining together to raise awareness and combat the epidemic. Rockville is not immune to the crisis of opioid overdoses. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services reported 471 incidents from July 2016 through June 2017 in which emergency responders administered Narcan, a rescue drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, according to the county’s health department.

In June, Rockville’s Mayor and Council joined state and local jurisdictions in a lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the crisis. To learn more, visit and search “opioid lawsuit.”

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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