In Whitehall’s continuing effort to help residents help stem the tide of opiate addiction, a book author on the subject will speak Wednesday, July 18, at Kae Avenue Elementary School, 4750 Kae Ave.

As of noon July 16, almost 300 people had registered for the free event, said Whitehall Deputy Fire Chief Chris Menapace.

Reservations may be made online at

The event, “The Opioid Crises and WHO Can Help,” is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHO -- Whitehall’s Help for Overdoses -- is an ongoing public effort though various program to combat the opiate epidemic.

The capacity for the event is about 350, Menapace said.

Presented by the Whitehall police and fire divisions and the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs, the program is designed to alert and educate people about central Ohio’s opioid epidemic and how to help those who are addicted, Menapace said.

The keynote speaker is Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”

Menapace said he had reached out to Quinones after reading his book to inquire whether the author would visit to discuss his book.

“(The book) provides tremendous insight, and I wanted our community to hear it,” said Menapace, adding that knowing how the epidemic began is as important as learning best practices to end it. “Our residents will have the opportunity to hear about the crises at the national, regional and local levels (and) how to help those who are addicted.”

In addition to hearing from the author, the event also will serve as an opportunity for residents to learn about the city’s programs to combat the epidemic, including Whitehall’s drug court, training classes for giving naloxone and new SAFE Stations in the city -- Stop Addiction for Everyone -- where addicts can receive help discretely.