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Heroin: It’s here

March 19, 2014

Heroin use has been rising since 2007, growing from 373,000 yearly users nationwide to 669,000 in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

New York City is just 90 miles away where heroin-related deaths have increased 84% between 2010 and 2012 and involved 52% of all overdose deaths in 2012, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Recovery Center continues to work collaboratively with other organizations to raise awareness about heroin and other drug addictions that have afflicted many in our communities.

A youth summit, entitled, “Building Safer and Healthier Community” is being planned for March 27, at New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, and will address how to empower youth to make good decisions. Student representatives from all eight school districts have been invited to attend.

Sullivan County’s youth are our future. We must join together to ensure they stay the course and reach their full potential, free of the enslaving influences of substance abuse. If you know someone battling addiction, please contact the Recovery Center, at 845/794-8080, ext. 0, for more information. There is help available. For information about the youth summit, contact Luisa Emordi-Parker at 845/794-8080, ext. 175.

Luisa Emordi-Parker
The Recovery Center, Monticello, NY