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From left, Jay Birky, chaplain for the Porter County Sheriff's Department, recovering heroin addict Herb Stepherson and Allen Wright of Frontline Foundations will be the speakers at a community forum on the heroin epidemic Feb. 19 in Chesterton.

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The public is invited to a community forum on Northwest Indiana's heroin epidemic scheduled for Feb. 19 in Chesterton.

The event is from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church, 824 Calumet Ave.

The speakers will include Herb Stepherson, a recovering heroin addict and author of the book "Junkbox Diaries: A Day in the Life of a Heroin Addict"; Jay Birky, chaplain at the Porter County Jail; and Allen Wright, director of community outreach for the Frontline Foundations treatment centers in Chesterton and LaPorte.

Region residents are dying on a weekly basis from overdoses of opioids, a class of drug that includes heroin and prescription painkillers. Many heroin addicts start by using painkillers prescribed by a doctor. The opioid overdose epidemic takes the lives of an estimated 91 Americans per day.

The panel will discuss why this is happening in Northwest Indiana and what can be done reverse it. Audience members will be able to ask questions at the end of the event. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Liberty Bible Church at at 219-926-3038 or visit lbchurch.org.

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