Power Hour Exchange Educates Public About National Epidemic of Prescription Drug Misuse and Heroin Addiction

Croton Coalition, Drug Crisis in Our Backyards, and Cortlandt Community Coalition

Cortlandt, NY – In a fast-paced, fact-packed sixty minute exchange of information, experts will power walk participants through the four misused prescription medications, short- and long-term effects on the body, mind and spirit and heightened risk factors for athletes—all in one hour.

The “Power Hour Exchange: The New Face of Heroin Addiction” will be held at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Doors open at 7pm with the program starting at 7:30pm and ending promptly at 8:30pm. Those seeking additional information may stay longer. The exchange is free and open to the public.

Presenters include: David Gerber, M.Ed.CASAC, Director of Counseling/Shelter Services, St. Christopher’s Inn, and Founder of Hudson Valley Interventions, and Kanta Asrani, Ph.D., R.Ph, Registered Pharmacist, Norther Westchester Prescription Center.

The Exchange is being organized and sponsored by three of Northern Westchester’s most respected groups who share a vital mission of education and prevention when it comes to prescription drug misuse and heroin addiction. Collaborating for the first time are: Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, Cortlandt Community Coalition and Croton Community Coalition.

“The opiate epidemic is so far reaching that it is difficult to comprehend. According to the DEA, America is losing 140 people every day to opiate overdose. It is only through the collective effort of all our communities that we will begin to make a dent in reducing stigma, increasing insurance availability and improving accessibility of treatment. For the first time, all three coalitions are coming together to share what everyone needs to know about how prescription drug misuse leads to heroin addiction,” said Susan Salomone, Executive Director, Drug Crisis In Our Backyard.

“There really is no time to waste in more ways than one. We recognize and respect that attendees’ time is valuable, so we have assembled two experts to powerwalk everyone through what they need to know about how prescription drug misuse leads to heroin use—and we’re going to accomplish that in just 60 minutes,” said Laurie Dean, Croton Community Coalition Coordinator.

About Drug Crisis in Our Backyard: Drug Crisis in our Backyard is a 501© (3) community action organization dedicated to raising awareness, reducing stigma and offering resources and support to families and individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders. The organization was started in 2012 by Susan and Steve Salomone and Carol and the late Lou Christiansen after they lost their sons to a battle with addiction. For more information contact Susan at ssal@drugcrisisinourbackyard.com