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Franklin County Declares National Prevention Week

Franklin County Commissioners have designated May 12-18, 2024, as National Prevention Week. This initiative emphasizes the need for substance misuse prevention and highlights its impact on mental health. The week aims to raise awareness and promote action against mental and substance misuse disorders.

Statistics from the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveal that approximately 48.7 million Americans aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder in the previous year, and around 59.3 million adults experienced mental illness. In Franklin County, around 31,000 residents suffer from these issues.

Commissioner Dean Horst emphasized the widespread nature of these disorders across the U.S. and stressed the community’s role in supporting affected individuals. Various activities are planned for the week, including training sessions on opioid overdose prevention and safe medication storage at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 16, with sessions at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to participate in Chambersburg Cares Coalition meetings, which occur monthly. For more information, residents can contact the Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol program or visit the county’s website. Immediate assistance is available by calling or texting 988.


Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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