In recent years heroin and opiate abuse has received significant media attention in the Capital Region. Headlines about tragic overdoses and high-profile busts have dominated the news. Most alarming of all, however, is the extent to which heroin and prescription opiates have crept into school communities. In response to this troubling trend, CASDA will host a workshop entitled "Combating Teen Heroin and Opiate Addiction" on Thursday, April 16 at the University at Albany’s East Campus. The morning workshop will educate teachers, administrators, parents and community members about the grim reality of abuse and addiction, preparing them to effectively recognize and confront this startling epidemic.
“People don’t want to think this happens in their community," CASDA faculty member and event organizer Bob Stulmaker said. "The story of the student at a local school injecting another student with heroin in a locker room during school hours was a real eye-opener. It became very clear that something needs to be done to educate schools about what is happening in their communities, so we want to show as many sides of this issue to people as possible.”
With this in mind, Stulmaker has brought together experts with a vast array of experiences in dealing with heroin and opiate addiction. Dr. Michael Dailey, an associate professor of emergency medicine, will address the symptoms of overdose and addiction. Kevin Connally, Executive Director of Hope House, will offer his insights from working in community outreach and will also bring a student from Hope House to speak about personal experiences of dealing with opiate addiction. Michelle Burke, school nurse at Hudson Falls High School and member of the Washington County Heroin Task Force, will detail her experiences confronting this problem directly in the school community. Lisa Alteri-Wickens will share the painful experience of parenting a teen addicted to opiates. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple will be on hand with his anti-heroin "mobile education center" bus that he uses to teach Capital Region teens about the devastating effects of heroin addiction. These diverse perspectives will provide conference attendees with the knowledge and resources to effectively address this harrowing reality in their districts.
“This presentation is aimed at all school stakeholders,” said Stulmaker. “School administrators, teachers, nurses, staff, even parents and students will benefit from this knowledge as well as the communities they serve.”
If you are interested in attending this event, please regiseter here.