Community Forum on Prescription Drug & Opiate Abuse Prevention
Thursday, April 9th at Red Hook High School
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, with the Dutchess County Substance Abuse Workgroup, will host a “Community Forum on Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse” Thursday, April 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Red Hook High School located at 103 West Market Street in Red Hook. The public is encouraged to attend this important event to learn about how they can prevent and/or treat substance abuse, particularly opiate abuse.
“The escalating crisis of opiate use and its effect on our county residents and criminal justice system cannot be ignored. That is why last year I formed a subcommittee of the Health and Human Services Cabinet to specifically work together to identify ways to improve and enhance how Dutchess County is responding to this epidemic. This forum is yet another way members of this subcommittee and agents of County Government are working to provide information about all the programs and services that are available to assist addicts and their loved ones. Hopefully the forum will help to facilitate more a community dialogue, which is key to addressing this growing concern,” said County Executive Molinaro.
The goal of the April 9th forum is to help understand the extent of the problem, increase awareness, share information on addiction behavior and treatment opportunities, and offer messages of hope to prevent and/or treat addiction. Clinicians, prevention educators, community members, and public safety and elected officials will be among the participants. Personal stories will be shared from multiple perspectives, including those who have faced addiction and have been successful in recovery. Following the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer session for the public.