Speaker Sam Anthony Lucania will discuss the local opioid epidemic, recovery and faith.
Book signing to follow.
"He took his first drink at 12 years old as a means of hiding his depression and trying to fit in with his peers. He moved on to smoking weed and trying pills in high school which led him down a path of destruction. Running away from his problems he left New Jersey for Virginia in hopes of starting over. But everywhere he went th...ere he was.
What started off as self medication turned into a vicious addiction and an overdose that left him on life support in 2013. Believing he could still function without help and counseling he was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2015.
Following his release, he has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational speaking, panel discussions, and personal testimonials. Sam’s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement."