The Marietta Police Department will host a community open house to showcase the various mental and behavioral health and drug addiction resources that are available in Cobb County.
The Roadmap To Recovery event will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the seminar room at Marietta High School. Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said the event, which is free, will have representatives from more than 15 organizations who will speak directly to visitors about their services and to answer questions.
Some of the organizations will represent areas such as addiction, recovery, intervention and mental health services.
The department’s event will include the chance to tour the Cobb Overdose Prevention Effort (COPE) House, which is a custom trailer outfitted as a typical home. Tour participants will be shown the warning signs of someone who may be struggling with an addiction.
McPhilamy said the department is trying to pitch the event as one where people can come and learn how to connect with resources than can help friends, co-workers or family members who may be struggling with addition or mental health crises.
The spokesman also said the event is part of the agency’s push to address drug and mental health issues as public health matters as opposed to problems that should be treated through the criminal justice system.
“It’s about the Marietta Police Department’s desire to stop this cycle of addiction, of people using and getting hooked and stumbling across the police when we arrest them for (drug) possession,” he said.
Marietta High School is at 1171 Whitlock Avenue. You can register to attend the event by clicking here.
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