R esidents of Warren and Washington Counties are invited to learn how heroin affects everyone in the community and discuss ways to create change during a community forum this evening.

The Hometown vs. Heroin and Addiction Community Forum will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the SUNY Adirondack Theater, 640 Bay Rd. Queensbury from 6-7:30 p.m.

During the event, the audience will hear personal stories from three people who are in recovery from heroin, one of whom is a mom. They all started using alcohol as teens and escalated to marijuana, pills, and heroin.

“Ten years ago, we had very little heroin in our community,” said Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan. “Now, our community is flooded with heroin, and it is costing people their lives.”

Hogan is particularly interested in reaching high school students and their parents with this message: “If you are using pills, you have to stop, and we can get you help.”

Information about prevention, resources, and treatment options will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.

Also speaking at the event will be Psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Berry, Baywood Center Program Director Jennifer Neifeld, SUNY Adirondack Professor Lydia Treadway, and parent Judy Moffitt.

Following the community forum, the Baywood Center of Queensbury will have an Open House for anyone who wants a tour. Baywood Center is a substance abuse treatment facility that has special programs for adolescents and DUI/DWI offenders.

The Hometown vs. Heroin and Addiction Community Forum is presented by the Hometown vs. Heroin and Addiction Coalition.

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