Safe Schools Summit targets heroin, pill problems in Delco
Lisa Pecora knows what Andy Reid and his family are going through. She lost her son Michael to a heroin overdose last year.
The family of the Eagles coach issued a statement last week after findings were released concerning the death of their eldest son Garrett. Sadly, they noted, the findings confirmed what they had feared, that Garrett had lost his battle against heroin addiction.
Pecora knows all about that fight, how insidious it is, and how tough it is to beat.
“He’s not battling demons anymore,” Pecora said about her son.
Stories like Garrett’s and Michael’s are becoming more and more common in Delaware County as an epidemic of heroin and painkillers rolls across the county.
It’s why heroin and drug use by young people will be one of the focuses of this week’s annual Safe Schools Summit held by the county District Attorney’s Office. It will take place on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill.
Adults can attend the summit, but you have to register. Send an email to D.A.’s office spokesperson Emily Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drug use is a serious issue in this county. It does not respect town borders, or any other demographic. It affects the famous - including the sons of NFL coaches - and the folks who live next door. It can also affect your family.
This year’s Safe Schools Summit, and getting this message out to young kids - yes, kids in elementary and middle schools, is a key part in the war on this insidious menace.