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Our Kids and Opioids: It's Time to Talk

  • Joslyn Center 1601 North Valley Drive Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266 United States (map)
Amy Howorth

Our Goal:

South Bay Teens and Opioids

The Families Connected Opioid Awareness project aims to implement prevention strategies, including reducing the stigma that surrounds this issue and to increase awareness that opioid abuse and addiction can happen even in the most supportive familiesand to the most loved and inspiring youth. We hope to extend compassion and caring to the families who have lost a child due to opioid abuse and/or addiction and to let them know that they are not alone. We are all in this together.

We will have a fact-based, candid discussion about these drugs; what they are, how people get addicted; prevention steps you can take, and how we can help each other when the unspeakable happens.
You can’t change what you can’t acknowledge. And the shame of drug addiction keeps us isolated and from getting help for our loved ones or ourselves.
— Mayor Amy Howorth


Amy Howorth

Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth is a presenter, moderator, and co-producer of this event.

Cyndi Strand

Manhattan Beach resident, Cynthia Strand, will share her story of losing her son to opioid addiction.


Moe Gelbart, PhD, will share what is trending in the South Bay and provide prevention insight.

Recommended Reading


Thanks to our co-sponsor, Steel Partners Foundation, the first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of Dreamland: the True Tale of America's Opioid Epidemic. Mayor Amy Howorth recommends Dreamland to everyone who wants to understand today's opioid crisis.

For those who can not attend the event, The paperback book can be easily purchased from Manhattan Beach's local bookstore, {pages} by clicking HERE.


The Following community organizations and providers will be on hand to offer resources and support::

  • Th Manhattan Beach Police Department will staff a safe prescription disposal drop box.
  • The Prevention Community Council will staff an information table.
  • The Thelma McMillen Center will provide prevention information and book giveaways.
  • Beach Cities Health District will provide wellness and prevention information and treatment resource referrals.
  • South Bay Families Connected will provide website tours and book giveaways. 
  • Blankets of Love South Bay will display blankets knitted in memory of Justin Strand for babies in need.

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