Addressing Opioid Addiction on the East End

The newly organized Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force will host a forum called "It Hits Home" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Hampton Bays High School.

In light of the growing opioid epidemic that has affected the East End and the entire country, the forum will bring together medical, mental health, education, and law enforcement authorities to discuss solutions.

Young people have been encouraged to attend, and participating school districts are offering community service credit for those who do. Family members who have dealt with opioid addiction will also share their stories, and the task force will encourage a dialogue with the audience to help devise solutions for how to fight opioid addiction on the East End.

Drew Scott, a former "News 12 Long Island" anchor who lost his 22-year-old granddaughter Hallie Rae Urlich to an overdose in East Hampton on Sept. 7, will also be in attendance.

Mr. Scott and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who organized the group, will moderate the forum.

The task force is developing an action plan that it hopes to present to the Southampton Town Board by June 1.