Media Advisory: Feb. 25 Community Forum on Fentanyl & Life Saving Narcan Training

February 24, 2023

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery Goes Purple will be hosting its second community forum on fentanyl. Panelists will share important information on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl, prevention tools and protective factors for students, and resources for treatment when needed. 

Following the panel, there will be breakout sessions in English and Spanish for parents/caregivers. Training and distribution of Narcan kits, a medication used to help reverse an overdose, will be provided. 

The Community Opioid Prevention & Education (C.O.P.E.) trailer (a mock teen bedroom) will be available for tours to learn signs of substance use. 

Please note: The breakout sessions portion of the program will not be open to the media, however, we will have speakers available after the panel for interview. 

WHAT: A community forum on dangers of fentanyl to raise awareness, support prevention, response and recovery. 

WHERE: Northwood High School Auditorium, 919 University Boulevard W., Silver Spring, MD 20901

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 


  • Ms. Karla Silvestre, President, Montgomery County Board of Education

  • Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, MCPS Superintendent of Schools

  • Dr. Patricia Kapunan, MCPS School System Medical Officer 

  • Dr. Jonathan Garrick, Principal of Northwood High School

  • Laura Mitchell, Chair, Montgomery Goes Purple 

  • Ben Stevenson II, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

  • Dr. Rolando Santiago, Chief, Behavior Health and Crisis, Montgomery County DHHS

  • Mark Hodge, Sr. Administrator for School Health Services, Montgomery County DHHS

  • Capt. Jordan Satinsky, Montgomery County Police Department

  • Capt. Nicolas Picerno, Montgomery County Police Department

  • Dr. Lucila Suarez, Children’s National Hospital 

  • Sara Rose, Montgomery County Behavioral Health Authority 

  • Henok Solomon, The Landing Program at Sheppard Pratt 

  • Latonia Rich, Tree of Hope (Volunteer Recovery Community Organization)

  • Carolyn Camacho, Program Director, Identity

Members of the media are asked to contact to RSVP.

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