On the front page of the Free Press on February 11, 2016, “Dr. Mandel’s Revolution” was announced. It was a call to action for Knox County to finally do something about the worsening opiate crisis in our communities. Since then, the Knox County Recovery Coalition (KCRC) was founded and it has quickly moved to action.

As KCRC begins to roll out plans to address this epidemic, it is critical that it:

•  Reach out to the entire community and unite the people of Knox County to action;

•  Begin a dialog with everyone in Knox County about the severity of the crisis, understanding more about addiction and reasons it has spread so quickly, how it can be treated and what everyone can do to be part of the solution — how participating with KCRC will be a pathway to successfully fighting this problem.

KCRC will hold a series of Community Forums to discuss these issues, to get input from local residents and businesses and to identify how these problems can be successfully addressed. Try to attend one of these five meetings.  Additional meetings will be scheduled in the future and announcements about them will follow. Also visit our web site, knoxrecovery.org, for more information.

• Thursday, August 18 — Cushing Community Center, 39 Cross Street, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, August 25 — Union Masonic Lodge, 149 Sennebec Road, 7 to 9 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 30 — St. George Fire Station, 3 School Street, 7 to 9 p.m.

• Tuesday, September 6 — Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street, 7 to 9 p.m.

• Thursday, September 8 — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are not required but are encouraged to allow KCRC to make other arrangements if attendance exceeds the capacity of the meeting location. Priority will be given to participants who have reserved a seat. Contact KCRC regarding your planned attendance at 558-3525 or knoxrecovery@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there.