Upcoming Meeting Info

Loosening the Death Grip: The Heroin Epidemic in Manatee County

Loosening the Death Grip:  The Heroin Epidemic in
Manatee County

Over the past months, Manatee County has witnessed a sharp spike in heroin overdoses, and public safety officials are scrambling to curb the problem. Per a recent interview on NPR, Manatee County recorded 216 emergency calls for overdoses in July of 2015. Rewind to July of 2014, where there were only 17 overdose calls. It is tragic to admit that after Florida successfully battled the deadly pill mill industry, it appears that heroin has stepped in to take its place. The epidemic is compounded by a stark lack of substance abuse facilities to help tackle the problem, and people are dying.
Please join us as we hear from experts on the front line of this immense dilemma.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Doors open at 11:15 am
Program starts promptly at noon!


 Manatee Performing Arts Center – Kiwanis Hall

502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton



Stephen Krivjanik, MPA
Manatee County Public Safety Department
EMS Division
Brandilyn Karnehm
Educational Activist/Recovering Addict
Captain Todd Shear
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Special Investigations Division
Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Chief Clinical Officer
Centerstone Behavioral Hospital and Outpatient Practice



Manatee Tiger Bay Club and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
Special Joint Luncheon
“The Future of the University Parkway Interchange”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.  Program starts at Noon.
Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grill
10670 Boardwalk Loop
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
IN ADVANCE:  $25-Members; $30-Non-members; Walk-in Traffic-$30 Per Person