As part of the Rensselaer County’s initiative “United to Fight It: Preventing Substance Abuse,” Hoosick Falls Central School is holding a free community forum on substance abuse on Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at the HAYC3 Armory in Hoosick Falls.
The leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 is now drug overdoses. The surge in drug overdoses is driven mostly by the improper use of opioids – prescription painkillers, heroin, and increasingly, synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
The evening will include a screening of the movie “Chasing the Dragon, The Life of an Opiate Addict,” and a panel of local addiction specialists, counselors, first responders, police, medical providers, an Assistant United States Attorney, the District Attorney, community members, and a young person currently in recovery.
The film is intended to educate parents, community members, and middle-school to college-aged children about the dangers of addiction and how to avoid becoming a victim. Viewer discretion is advised. The film contains some strong language and graphic images and is not meant for young children.
In a facilitated discussion, the panelists will talk about the progression of drug use, abuse and addiction; the impact opiate abuse has on individuals, families, schools, and community resources; and the ways communities are responding to this epidemic. The evening will also include a question-and-answer period with the panel and a chance to win a free family four-pack of tickets to a Valley Cats baseball game.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Unfortunately, opiate addiction will eventually affect almost everyone in some way. Please join us for this important event.
Special thanks to HAYC3 for the use of the HAYC3 Armory for this important community experience.