Heroin epidemic forum held in Orange County

Professionals at the Center of the Substance Abuse Crisis met in Orange County Friday to help save lives. The forum was held at the Emergency

Professionals at the Center of the Substance Abuse Crisis met in Orange County Friday to help save lives. The forum was held at the Emergency Services Center in Goshen.

Professionals at the Center of the Substance Abuse Crisis met in Orange County Friday to help save lives. The forum was held at the Emergency Services Center in Goshen. (10/30/15)

ORANGE - Professionals at the Center of the Substance Abuse Crisis met in Orange County Friday to help save lives.

The forum was held at the Emergency Services Center in Goshen.

Organizers say that this is the second year the county has hosted the event to address the heroin epidemic plaguing the county.

Officials say the epidemic claimed 76 lives last year in New York City.

Many of the afflicted told their story at the forum. A mother spoke about losing her son to the opioid epidemic, and an addict and a resident in recovery also spoke.

Dozens of Hudson Valley mental health and substance abuse providers received a different perspective on the disease. Organizers say a medical physician gave his professional opinion about heroin addiction.

"What we are seeing right now is a 500 percent increase in addictions in the last 10 years," says Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. "Many of those people have a death sentence. So we need to change that."

Officials say there has been 48 drug overdose deaths in Orange County this year.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Mount Vernon woman sentenced in daughter's killing 1 VIDEO: Mount Vernon woman sentenced in daughter's killing
Kristina's Korner tracks the 2 Trending: "No First Pitch for Trump"
Police say the crash happened at the intersection 3 4 injured in 10 car pileup in Monsey
Deasia Bartee admitted to repeatedly hitting 14-month-old daughter 4 Mount Vernon woman gets 19 years for killing her baby
Dasia Bartee is charged with first degree manslaughter 5 Grand jury to hear child death case

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE