At least 60 people expected tonight at heroin strategy meeting

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said she is expecting at least 60 people tonight at an informal meeting with families affected by the opioid epidemic.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay

McKinlay and West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio are hosting the two-hour meeting, called Opioid Addiction Community Conversation, at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

“I hope we see families that would like to partner with us and be vocal advocates in trying to make change,” said McKinlay has said.

“The families that have been going through this, I want them to tell me and Commissioner Materio, or any other elected leaders that want to sit in, where they have hit road blocks, where they see gaps in services. I want them to tell us where the system is broken because they know better than anybody else.”

As of Tuesday, about 55 people had told McKinlay’s office they are planning to attend. Assuming many of those RSVPs will include more than one person, the attendance could hit 75, according to her staff.

McKinlay started planning the meeting late last year after the overdose death of the daughter of her chief aide.

Tasha McCraw, the daughter of Johnnie Easton, a longtime aide in McKinlay’s District 6 office, died Nov. 18 — one day after a Palm Beach Post investigation about the opioid epidemic was published online.

 

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