The Pomperaug District Department of Health in Southbury is one of 20 across the country to receive grant money to launch a program next year to combat the opioid crisis. The Barclay-Giel Seed Grant of up to $5,000 is from the U.S. Public Health Commission Officers Foundation. The Regional Opioid Awareness & Response, or “ROAR,” program will cover prevention strategies, how to recognize symptoms of substance use disorder and other topics. Local prevention councils from Southbury, Middlebury and Oxford will be part of the initiative. A community presentation will be held March 20th at Southbury’s Playhouse Corner from 5:30pm to 8pm. Pre-registration is required.