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MEDIA ADVISORY: Merritt Hosts Forum Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

STATE HOUSE (Jan. 5, 2018) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and the Carmel Interfaith Alliance will host a forum addressing the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic Saturday, Jan. 6 at Carmel Christian Church.

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis)
Rev. Jerry Zehr, Pastor of Carmel Christian Church and president of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance
John Chalfin, Hamilton County Coroner
Justin Phillips, Clinical Addictions Counselor Founder and Executive Director Overdose Lifeline, Inc.
Rev. Andrea Boutselis, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
Michelle Sybesma, Chief of Strategy and Development at Parkdale Centers

Speakers will be discussing signs of drug use, how to secure medicine cabinets and use takeback opportunities, and support and resources for detox, treatment, and recovery for those addicted.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 9 to 11 a.m.

Carmel Christian Church
463 E. Main St.
Carmel, IN 46032

For more information, contact Rev. Jerry Zehr by phone 317-846-5033 or by email at


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Contact: Lauren Beatty, Press Secretary
(317) 234-9221