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OHM BOCES SkillsUSA Chapter to Host Opioid Forum

Opioids have become a major topic not only locally, but in the United States, which is why the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES SkillsUSA chapter is hosting an opioid forum on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 6 p.m.


The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature panelists Lauren Marleau from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department; Jodi Warren from the Center for Family Life and Recovery; Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara; Mandy Weakley RN; Anthony Salce an emergency medical services education coordinator from the Mohawk Valley Health System; a parent whose daughter died from opioid abuse; and a person currently recovering from opioid abuse.


The event will be held in The Howard D. Mettelman Learning Center at the OHM BOCES in New Hartford, N.Y.


“This is one of the most important activities our SkillsUSA chapter has taken on,” said John Stratton, who along with Kimberly Petronella serves as an advisor to the OHM BOCES SkillsUSA chapter. “We know this is an epidemic in our society and our students want to raise awareness around it, not just for students, parents and school staff, but also our communities at large.”


SkillsUSA offers leadership and citizenship development to complement the vocational student’s skill training. Members may also participate in local, state and national Skills USA competitions.


The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.