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Officer bringing street drugs presentation to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

An Alton police officer will visit HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon as part of its campaign to address substance abuse and mental health issues.

hshsstelizabethslogoOfficer Michael Morelli will appear in support of St. Elizabeth’s Community Health Needs Assessment priority during a public educational presentation Friday, June 28.

“Recognizing Drugs on the Streets and in our Community” will help attendees recognize what different drugs look like, how they are used and what paraphernalia could be used with different drugs. The session will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the boardroom of the hospital. A free lunch will be provided.

Email to register. Attendees can enter the main lobby under the blue “Hospital” sign and proceed straight down the hall to the boardroom.

Morelli is a police officer first class and has been with the Alton Police Department for 15 years. Prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998-2009. Currently, he is assigned to the Street Crimes Arrest Team (SCAT) as a K9 handler.

St. Elizabeth’s is hosting the educational opportunity in support of St. Clair County Health Care Commission’s Healthier Together initiative. The Healthier Together movement is 100 percent volunteer and seeks to build a culture of health and wellness among the communities of the Metro East and to drive St. Clair County to be within the top 25 percent of healthiest counties in Illinois by 2025.

HSHS Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


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