Putnam DA hosts drug education forum at Haldane High School

Westchester and Putnam counties have seen 14 heroin overdoses since December. (2/19/14)

PUTNAM - Law enforcement officials in Putnam are hoping that drug education forums will help lower the cases of heroin overdoses. 

Dozens of parents packed a drug education forum at Haldane High School in Putnam Wednesday night, hoping to learn how to keep kids safe from the heroin crisis in their community.

Westchester and Putnam counties have seen 14 heroin overdoses since December. Six of the overdoses resulted in death. 

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Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy says he hosted the forum so parents can learn about the county's services.

"If your child is suffering from alcohol abuse or drug abuse or mental health issues or a combination of all three, it's not a reflection on you," said Levy. "It's not about you. Because drug addiction, quite frankly knows no boundaries."

Experts on the panel gave advice on setting up a trust fund to limit access to cash to irresponsible young adults. 

Parents also learned how to file for a "Person in Need of Supervision" petition, which can place a child in treatment or under supervision of a probation officer.

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