South Shore forum to tackle substance abuse

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, a local organization that deals with substance abuse, invites the public to a Thursday, Dec. 13, forum in Cohasset that will zero in on the opioid epidemic on the South Shore and its impact on local families.

The free event —

“Yes! In My Backyard” — features a local resident telling the story of her daughter’s struggle with substance abuse and her “journey on the roller coaster of recovery.” She will be joined by four panelists.

The panelists are Joanne Peterson of Learn to Cope Inc., a Taunton-based support group for family members coping with substance abuse; state Representative Denise Garlick, a registered nurse and cochair of the Legislature’s Joint Commission on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery; Dr. Jason Tracy, chair of emergency medicine at South Shore Hospital; and Dr. Janet Limke, medical director of the Spine Center of South Shore Health and a member of South Shore Health’s Opioid Task Force, who will focus on pain management and sports injuries in children.


Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley will be there to answer locally relevant questions, and Learn to Cope will provide free training in the use of Narcan, the medication that reverses overdose symptoms.

The event is scheduled to run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cohasset Town Hall Auditorium, 41 Highland Ave. It is sponsored by Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition and state Representative Joan Meschino.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com .