The Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosts a community conversation with Dr. Ira Mandel and the Knox County Recovery Coalition regarding the epidemic of opiate addiction gripping Knox County Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

KCRC will provide an overview about the extent of the epidemic and how it affects many babies, children, young adults, parents and grandparents – more than 1,000 people in Knox County. KCRC will address the failure of state and local government and health care systems to break this cycle of addiction and offer an organized effort to address drug addiction in Knox County, issues that KCRC has already begun to address. Actions taken by KCRC will be described.

In order for KCRC to be as successful as possible in its mission to prevent more people from becoming addicted, help those already affected and heal family and friends from the widespread effects of addiction, the involvement of the whole community is needed. This meeting will engage participants in a conversation about these issues to foster broad-based solutions to these problems that undermine the overall health of Knox County.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged to allow KCRC to make other arrangements if attendance exceeds the capacity of the meeting location. Priority will be given to participants who have reserved a seat. Contact Rockland Public Library at 594-0310 to reserve a seat.