The Opioid Epidemic in our Community: Perspectives on Causes and Solutions
The opioid crisis in Northern Virginia and Prince William County is real, serious and is impacting lives every day. Come join us as we learn about how this crisis came about, how bad it really is and what are the plans being put in place to deal with it.
From "Inside NOVA" of March 22, quoting police Lt. Brandan Dudley of the Prince William County Police:
The county's medical examiner observed a 40 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last five years, recording 52 in 2016 alone. Virginia recorded a 69.3 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths from 2012 to 2016.
Fire and rescue workers have seen a 56.6 percent jump in the number of people they've encountered who are experiencing an opioid overdose since 2012. First responders transported 498 people to medical centers for treatment in 2016, compared to 318 in 2012 (and just 187 in 2007).
County first responders have increasingly made use of naloxone, a drug designed to quickly counteract the effects of an overdose, to help save lives. In 2016, fire and rescue workers used the drug 198 times, a hefty uptick from the 108 times they used it back in 2012
The distinguished panel consists of, in alphabetical order:
Alison Ansher, MD
MPH I Health Director, Prince William Health District, VA Dept. of Health
Special Agent Shane Dana
Washington Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Former Member of the House of Delegates
Regional Director for Community and Member Outreach for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Joseph T. Rannazzisi
Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
D. Bradley Marshall
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Prince William County
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On April 4th, the Prince William Committee of 100 will co-host a debate between the two candidates for the Clerk of the Circuit Court,
Democrat Jacqueline Smith of Dumfries and Del. Jackson Miller, R-50th District
at Dar alNoor Islamic Center, 5404 Hoadly Road, Manassas. We are partnering with the Muslim Association of Virginia (Dar alNoor Islamic Center), The Prince William Area League of Women Voters, and InsideNOVA. (You can read a notice of the debate in this week's "InsideNOVA".)
The doors will open at Dar alNoor at 6:30 PM, and the debate will start at 7:00 PM. Bruce Potter of InsideNOVA will be the moderator.
Video coverage graciously provided by What's up Woodbridge
Video coverage graciously provided by Bill Golden
An advocate for homeowner associations on our panel observes:
"Condominium and Property Owners’ Associations are representative democracy in action – elected volunteers donate their time and talents for the greater good. When owners and residents are active and engaged in their Associations, there are no better advocates for the aesthetic and financial integrity of their communities."
Others see associations as less benign as private citizens on association boards seem to wield powers similar to a government. Lawsuits have broken out over whether an owner could build a treehouse (Westridge), post a sign supporting the candidate of one's choice (Alexandria), display an American flag on a mailbox (Montclair) or have a mailbox that wasn't metal and monogrammed with the letter W (Bowie, Md.). In the latter case, brought by one of our panelists, 96% of the homeowners had incurred a cost of $500 each for the mandated mailboxes before his legal challenge was decided by the court.
Is the protection of property value worth the surrender of individual choice to architectural review boards and the like? What mechanisms are there to keep leaders of homeowner associations from "going too far?" Do new laws like the 2015 Virginia Homeowner Bill of Rights restore the balance of power?
The distinguished panel:
Manassas attorney, who focuses on representing homeowner associations
Dr. Keith Strong, Bowie, Md.
Scientist and homeowner, who recently won a judgment against his homeowner
Sen. Scott Surovell
Fairfax Co. attorney, who represents homeowners challenging decisions of homeowner associations
Lake Ridge Business Woman and President Lake Ridge Association
Committee of 100 Treasurer,
A military lawyer residing in the Montclair community
Members and Public Invited
Carol Proven: email@example.com
Please note: An RSVP is requested from everyone for planning purposes only.
There is no charge for the program.
Dinner is $25.00/person for members, $30 for non-members.
Your Strategic Plan: Award Winning Process or Politics as Usual?
For 25 years, Prince William County has produced a citizen-driven Strategic Plan,
aimed at guiding the course of our budget and local legislation.
The Board of Supervisors determines the issues important to our community's success,
then appoints two citizen volunteers per supervisor to study those issues.
For the better part of 2016, the Strategic Plan Team explored and studied five topics:
Transportation, Economic Development, Human Services, Education & Public Safety.
The result? The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, unanimously adopted by the Board.
But what does this Plan really do? Does it reflect the needs and wants of our citizens, or is it just a political tool for a pre-determined government agenda? Does it work with the Comprehensive Plan and budget realities? Should the process be outsourced?
Come hear our panel representing County, Board and Team Member viewpoints,
who will debate the process, its foibles and future…
PWC Communications Director
Strategic Plan Team Member, appointee of Supervisor Candland
Former Occoquan Supervisor / Partner at Albo & Oblon, LLP
Strategic Plan Team Member, appointee of Supervisor Principi
Long-time Committee of 100 member, former PWC Supervisor
Members and Public Invited!
Carol Proven: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: An RSVP is requested from everyone for planning purposes only. There is no charge for the program. Dinner is $25.00/person for members, $30 for non-members.
In the event of inclement weather we will follow the PWC school closure schedule.
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in
a conﬁned and populated area and active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Often over within 10 to 15 minutes, sometimes before law
enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals and institutions must be prepared to deal with an active shooter situation.
Come hear our panel discuss this issue and where Prince William County fits in the realm of preparedness.
Social: 6:30 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM Program 7:45 PM
Ron Crowe, Risk Management
Prince William County Schools
David Hunt, Kiernan Group Holdings
Experts in Active Threat Preparedness
Captain Scott Vago, Special Operations Commander
Prince William County Police Department
Karl Van Zandt, General Partner/Director of Training
International Security Academy
Michael R. Janay, Lt. Col - U.S.M.C. Retired
Immediate Past Vice President, PWC 100.