WATERVILLE — A Community Forum on the Opioid Epidemic is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Summit Room of Thomas College at 180 West River Road.

Waterville Police Department’s Deputy Chief Bill Bonney will talk about the local, state and national epidemic and the launch of Operation HOPE, a program created to prevent this epidemic from growing worse.

“Sadly, the opioid epidemic has impacted us in the U.S. and the state of Maine in record numbers and continues to grow. College students in particular are at risk when you consider both the average age of teens using illegal substances as well as the use and misuse of these substances on college campuses,” said Dean of Students Hannah Gladstone, in a news release from the college. “At Thomas, many of our students are studying to begin careers in Education, Criminal Justice, Psychology and others. It is my hope that we are able to educate them now before they get into the workforce to have a better understanding of what is happening around them and how their chosen career field may be impacted.”

For more information, visit thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 859-1313.

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