News from Drug Crisis in Our Backyard on their upcoming drug crisis forum:
Drug Crisis in Our Backyard has announced their fifth Drug Crisis Forum to be held in Putnam County on October 9th. This will be the first forum with a specific content theme. The theme is entitled, “Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Planning”.
It is structured to offer attendees an overview of resources available locally to deal with addiction on several different levels of severity. Attendees will be encouraged to use this information with which to create a proactive plan in dealing with potential drug addiction issues within their own families or circle of friends.
The speaker line up is as follows:
• Joseph A. DeMarzo, Deputy Commissioner Putnam County Dept. of Social Services.
• David Gerber, Director, Counseling/Shelter Services and Marianne Taylor-Rhoades Chief Operating Officer at St. Christopher’s Inn
• Doreen Lockwood, CASAC, Dir. of Treatment and Prevention Services at Putnam Family Community Services.
• Kristin E. McConnell, MS, Executive Director National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam Inc.
• Naura Slivinsky, LCSW, Director of Community Relations at Arms Acres/Liberty Behavioral Management
The Forum will be held at the Mahopac Volunteer Fire House at Croton Fall Road and Route 6 in Mahopac, NY, on the second floor in the community room. Admission is free. Donations are welcome to support the Drug Crisis Forum series.
Susan Salomone, One of the founders of this group, is quoted as saying, “We are very excited about this forum in particular as it will give the audience some concrete tools to use in identifying and dealing with potential addiction within their families or with friends. There is an increasing number of people affected by this disease in some way and our group is attempting to help people in need with information and with a game plan”.
Drug Crisis In Our backyard is a community action group whose mission is:
• To promote awareness of the rampant use of prescription and illegal opiates in our communities.
• To bring recognition that drug addiction is a brain disease.
• To assist individuals who are addicted or at risk and their families to find help and resources.
• To identify and implement measures that hold the medical community accountable for over prescribing opiates.
• To seek legislation mandating prescription monitoring by prescribing physicians and pharmacies.
For more information on this forum or on the Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Group, please contact Susan Salomone at 914-582-8384 or firstname.lastname@example.org