BANGOR, Maine — Community members touched by opiates or heroin — users, individuals in recovery, family members, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, employers and others — are invited to share their experiences, observations and suggestions at an event Wednesday night.

The city-sponsored Opiate and Heroin Forum and Listening Session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 124 at Eastport Hall on the University of Maine Augusta-Bangor Campus at 128 Texas Ave. in Bangor.

“This discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community, who are struggling with addiction, are currently in recovery or for those who care for someone in need of support and treatment, to learn more about what is available in the Bangor region and to contribute their thoughts and ideas toward a sustainable solution,” Bangor police Chief Mark Hathaway said Tuesday in an email.

The event is sponsored by the city’s Public Health and Community Services, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Medical Association and the Maine Opioid Collaborative.

“The ideas generated at the forum will be shared with the Maine Opioid Collaborative Task Forces to help inform their recommendations for federal, state and local actions to address the heroin/opiate epidemic that Maine is currently experiencing,” a news release from the city states.

A total of 272 people died in Maine during 2015 from drug overdoses, a 31 percent jump over 2014, which saw a record 208 overdose deaths, Attorney General Janet Mills said earlier this month. Of those, 157 were linked to heroin, fentanyl or a combination of the two opiates.

The Maine Opioid Collaborative was created last year to work on prevention and harm reduction, increasing treatment and looking at ways law enforcement can address the state’s drug problem.

The group’s leaders include Thomas Delahanty, U.S. attorney for the District of Maine; Maine Attorney General Janet Mills; and Maine Commissioner of Public Safety John Morris.

Leaders in law enforcement, treatment, prevention and recovery will start the evening by sharing their views about what is happening in the Bangor region. Panelists include Noah Nesin, Penobscot Community Health Care; Patty Hamilton, Bangor Public Health and Community Services; Robert Fickett, Bangor Area Recovery Network and person in recovery; and Hathaway. A community discussion will follow.

“The purpose of the Maine Opioid Collaborative community forums is to both educate and gather information,” the news release says. “It is to open up a two-way conversation about what is happening in towns across Maine and what can collectively and collaboratively be done about it.

“The forums are intended to give family members, individuals in recovery, employers, schools, law enforcement, community leaders and health care and public health professionals an opportunity to share their experiences and observations, reflect on their community’s challenges and opportunities and provide feedback and recommendations to the Maine Opioid Collaborative Task Forces.”

There is another heroin forum planned in Bangor scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at the Cross Insurance Center that will be attended by U.S. Sen. Angus King. The forum, sponsored by the One Life Project of the Bangor Daily News, will be “world cafe” style, with questions about the opiate problem in Maine at each table for people to answer before moving on to another table and another set of questions. The One Life Project is dedicated to Garrett Brown, a young Mainer who lost his battle with heroin addiction in 2015. Erin Rhoda, Maine Focus editor for the Bangor Daily News, followed Brown for nearly three years before his death.

“The goal is to come up with a series of concrete ideas from people at all levels to help,” Rhoda said Monday. “We want to talk about the problem and come up with a solution to the opiate epidemic.”

Input from the public is needed at both forums.