Fifth District City Councilman Geoff Paddock will be hosting a special Fifth Tuesday meeting of the Fort Wayne City Council focusing on the Opioid Crisis in Fort Wayne. The meeting will be held in Room 30 of the City Council Chambers (Committee Room) on August 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

“We have a terrible drug epidemic going on in Fort Wayne and Allen County,” Paddock said. “It has affected almost every neighborhood. The Fifth District has been hit particularly hard, with a number of raids and arrests taking place over the past four weeks. I want to invite police officers and other officials who are working on solving this problem, and give an update to the citizens of Fort Wayne,” Paddock said.

The opioid problem is a national one and is being addressed by President Donald Trump, Governor Eric Holcomb on a state level, and Mayor Tom Henry and others on the local level. It is important we also see how this epidemic is affecting our city and our neighborhoods. It is essential that residents of Fort Wayne understand how our local officials are working to combat this problem.

This will be the first formal discussion City Council has conducted on this issue. Paddock said he wants to examine more closely how citizens can work with law enforcement, criminal justice officials, and treatment centers, to address drug addiction.

“This is a nationwide problem, but on the local level I have heard from a number of constituents who have been personally affected by the crimes associated with drug abuse. This is in their neighborhoods, and they want a clearer idea of how our local officials are working together to combat the problem,” Paddock said.

Speakers at this meeting will include Police Chief Steve Reed, Police Narcotics Captain Kevin Hunter, Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan, Otis R. Bowen Treatment Center Director Megan Fisher, and others. The meeting will also be open to the general public to make statements or provide additional testimony.

“I hope that as a result of this meeting, we will have a better idea of how our city and county are coordinating drug fighting efforts and working to confront the opioid abuse problem,” Paddock concluded.

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