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Heroin Crisis Topic of April 9 Forum in Cortlandt

Cortlandt town and Lakeland school officials are jointly hosting the public meeting about the local heroin epidemic.

What our community needs to know about prescription drugs andheroin will be the main topic in a forum hosted jointly by the Town of Cortlandt and Lakeland Central School District on Wednesday, April 9 at Walter Panas High School, 300 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Parents and their children are invited to attend.

The evening will feature a panel of experts who will provide valuable information on these critical issues including:

  • The information they need for prevention strategies
  • Treatment and overdose prevention options
  • Information on how prescription drug abuse can lead to misuse, heroin use, and addiction.
  • An update on current enforcement and legal activities to reduce heroin and   illegal prescription drug sales

Panelists will include:

  • Colleen Anderson, MS Ed., CPP, Cortlandt Coalition Coordinator, Town of Cortlandt;
  • Investigator Joseph Becerra, New York State Police, Bureau of Crime Investigations, Troop K, Zone 3;
  • Ryan B., Public Information Chairman, Westchester, Anonymous Programs;
  • Danielle Gamar, LCSW, Student Assistance Counselor, Walter Panas HS;
  • Robert Kelly, Executive Director, Westchester Intelligence, Center, Westchester County District Attorney's Office;
  • Marjut Marinello, parent representative;
  • Detective Will Mauro, Westchester County Police, Narcotics Unit;
  • Rachel Schoolcraft, MD, Psychiatrist, Addiction Treatment Services, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.

Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of the Student Assistant Services Corporation, will be the moderator.  A similar panel discussion was held in the Hendrick Hudson School District a few weeks ago.

For more information contact: Ellen Morehouse, (914) 332-1300; Cortlandt Coalition Coordinator Colleen Anderson, (914) 734-1050,  Lakeland Director of Communications Jim Van Develde, (914) 245-1700.

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