Rise Together coming to Ripon for heroin prevention summit

What’s the No. 1 way to combat the rise of heroin use in the Ripon area?

Educating the public, according to Ripon Police Capt. Bill Wallner.

“The biggest resource for us is the community. They have to be involved in helping us with this problem,” he said.

To that end, Ripon Police are teaming with several organizations to hold Ripon’s first-ever Heroin & Prescription Drug Abuse Summit.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17, presentations will be held to educate adults and local youth not only about the dangers of heroin and prescription drug abuse, but about resources available.

Students at Ripon Middle School and Ripon High School first will hear from Rise Together, a recovery advocacy group, whose co-founder Anthony Alvarado is a Ripon native. Those talks will occur during the school day on the respective school campuses.

Then, Alvarado and Rise Together will speak that evening at Royal Ridges, 1 Westgate Drive, during the public heroin summit.

The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. with an hour-long opportunity for community members to view tables showing local resources and to talk with professionals.

Then, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the formal presentation begins.

Rise Together will speak, followed by a panel discussion, during which community members may submit questions.

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