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For Immediate Release

February 2, 2018

Media Contact: Ridge Harris, 518-378-6530


“Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse” forum

 to be hosted by Saratoga County

County officials hope to combat the opioid epidemic through education

SARATOGA COUNTY — Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen announced today that an educational community forum, “Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse,” will be held on February 5, 2018, at Mechanicville High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Saratoga County recently declared the opioid epidemic a “public nuisance” and have filed a lawsuit against opioid producers and manufacturers for the deceptive marketing tactics they’ve employed that have led to addiction.

This forum will feature of a diverse panel of people who have seen the negative effects of opioid addiction. They include law enforcement, treatment providers, and family members of victims.

There will be an opportunity for public discussion after the panel presentation and a short video. Recovery experts will be on hand to answer questions, and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is holding a prescription take back at the event. Additionally, a one-hour Narcan training will be available prior to the panel beginning at 5:15 PM.

Event Details
Where:          Mechanicville High School Auditorium

                        25 Kniskern Ave, Mechanicville, NY 12118

When:                        February 5, 2018

5:15-6:15 p.m. – Narcan Training

6:30 p.m. – Program Begins


            David Zon, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

            Dr. Michael Dailey, Albany Medical Center

            Ms. Julie Brennen, Mechanicville Resident & Parent

            Lt. Dan Morely, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department

            Fr. David Haig, St. Luke’s on the Hill

7:25 p.m. —  Open Discussion

8:00 p.m. —  Event concludes

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