Share Your Opioid Story: A Community Conversation at Abington

ABINGTON, Pa. — The Share Your Opioid Story initiative is hosting a Community Conversation at Penn State Abington to tell the stories behind the statistics of the opioid crisis.This community event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in the Lares Union Building at Penn State Abington. To register, visit

The goal is to educate others on the realities of this critical community issue, address stigma associated with substance use disorders, and reduce barriers for people with substance use disorder by raising awareness of the many ways this issue affects individuals, families and communities.

During this workshop event, local partners will discuss solutions to combat stigma in the community. The community is invited to come and share their stories or simply learn more about how people can work together to address the issues facing our communities.

Participants in the event include:

  • Glenn Sterner, assistant professor of criminal justice, Penn State Abington
  • Damian J. Fernandez, chancellor, Penn State Abington
  • The Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, president of Independence Blue Cross Foundation
  • Carla Sofronski, program manager of adult advocacy at Mental Health Partnerships
  • Lisa Kelley, advocate and founder of Epidemic Weavings
  • Joelle Anderson, Share Your Opioid Story participant

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.