A symposium on opioids is being held this weekend by the Pomperaug District Department of Health. The free event on Saturday at Pomperaug Woods in Southbury is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue and connect people with treatment resources. Attendees will also learn about alternative strategies for managing pain due to chronic health conditions and safe prescription medicine disposal locations. Free drug testing kits will also be distributed. The Regional Opioid Awareness and Response Initiative is a partnership with the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Officers Foundation. Narcan trainings and other community educational sessions have been held.