THERE IS AN URGENT HEALTH EMERGENCY IN LYCOMING COUNTY RIGHT NOW.

Based on the story this morning in the Williamsport Sun Gazette, and subsequent reports out of UPMC Susquehanna Health, I would like to impress on our Facebook followers that we need to act.

I've read somewhere that the opposite of addiction is connection.

Community.

With the idea of "six degrees of separation" in mind, most of the families of those affected yesterday & today are probably only one or two steps or degrees removed from the 1,200 or so followers of this page.

So, today I'm posting resources and ideas, and also invite others to do so. They can benefit these folks in trying to lessen the burden of what I can only imagine is not just a one or two day problem, but an ongoing family situation that has no end.

This can be an opportunity to make something valuable happen. An opportunity as a community to assist law enforcement, the Lycoming County drug court (set up by Judge Butts), and the numerous other resources in the county. We can assist by using the power of crowd-sourcing from this page.

A focused strategy of caring will go a long way; a coffee, a dinner, babysitting, a sympathetic ear, a ride, a loan, a hand, sharing a resource, connecting people to one another to make things happen--you get the idea, but the real effectiveness doesn't stop with sharing or caring. It ends with every single one of our followers making it a priority to actually be of service in some way to the people who are affected by this very real emergency, and not stop digging until you find a way to affect the situation (as of this writing there have been 36 overdoses in 24 hours).

As a community, WE ARE NOT VICTIMS, nor should we permit ourselves or anyone to view us that way.

These actions provide a good start at helping those who are struggling. This is an entry point for getting into this fistfight with a plague that aims to divide and slaughter us.

Below this post is a list of resources that can provide help to those in crisis. Please add any that I haven't mentioned in the comments section.

If I can be of any assistance in any way, please feel free to reach me directly via the Messenger application here on Facebook, and I will respond immediately.

I want to thank you all in advance and urge you to PLEASE SHARE THIS POST as a useful and practical resource, but to also urge you, at all costs, make something happen.

RESOURCE LIST:

• Department of Health

* Public Health Educator - Tonya Welshans

* Northcentral District Office (12 counties – including Lycoming)

* 1000 Commerce Park Dr., Ste. 109 Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570-327-3400

• Firetree

* William C. Brown – President

* 800 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.601.0877

• Crossroads Counseling

* 501 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.323.7535

• Divine Providence Hospital – Susquehanna BH/Inpatient Unit

* 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.320.7525

• Diakon Family Life Services (Upper Susquehanna North Office)

* 435 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.322.7873

• Genesis House

* 800 West Fourth Street, Suite G-01, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.322.0520

• Clean Slate

* 329 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Hours: M-W: 9a-5p

* Th.: 9a-8p,

F:9 a-2p

* Phone: 570.505.8331

• PA Treatment and Healing (PATH)

* 1536 Catherine Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

* Phone: 570.321.7860

• White Deer Run (Allenwood)

* 360 White Deer Run Road, Allenwood, PA 17810

* Phone: 866.837.9202

• White Deer Run (Williamsport)

* 901 Westminster Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701

* Phone: 570.321.6127

• Project Bald Eagle

* www.projectbaldeagle.com

• Williamsport Family Medical Center LLC

* 2062 Lycoming Creek Road, Williamsport, PA 17701

* 570.505.1123

• Drug Tip Hotline

* Phone: 866.688.TIPS(8477)

* drugtips@lyco.org

• Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

o P.O. Box 1161, Williamsport, PA 17703

* Wesbite: www.williamsportna.org

* Helpline (phone): 570.327.2678

ECCLESIASTICAL RESOURCES:

Pastor Spencer Sweeting (City Alliance Church - Williamsport, PA): (570) 419-6405

United Churches of Lycoming County: 570-419-1464

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Article sent to us by local attorney and  Fall candidate for Judge, Mary Kilgus.