New Jersey Teen Inspires Mental Health Movement

When Jersey City teenager Hunter Reinholt died tragically at 15 after an accidental overdose in 2019, his mom Tracy decided to take action. She gathered his group of friends to figure out how to honor his legacy. “Everyone was focused on how he lived,” she said. “We decided to start something that focused on that,Continue reading “New Jersey Teen Inspires Mental Health Movement”

Assembly members Woerner and McDonald Discuss Opioid Recovery Bill

Two New York State Assembly members have co-sponsored a bill that hopes to take the settlement funds from a 2019 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and administer them to various agencies and programs tackling recovery and treatment for individuals suffering from substance abuse. The bill’s sponsor Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (NY-113) shared how she got involved withContinue reading “Assembly members Woerner and McDonald Discuss Opioid Recovery Bill”

Northern Dutchess Community Coalition Talks Efforts During Pandemic

During National Prevention Month, Crissy Groenewegen of the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition shared how they have been spreading their mention of substance use prevention during a time of social isolation. “Most of the same programs that we were delivering live, we are now able to deliver virtually,” she said. The aim of the coalition, whichContinue reading “Northern Dutchess Community Coalition Talks Efforts During Pandemic”

Friends of Recovery Lobby for Treatment Funding

New York state politicians, Friends of Recovery advocates and individuals impacted by addiction stood outside the Capitol building in Albany to reform substance abuse by allowing the settlement funds from a 2019 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, which are currently lying in the state’s general fund, to be administered to recovery and treatment programs. An estimatedContinue reading “Friends of Recovery Lobby for Treatment Funding”

Mom Shares Story on International Bereaved Mother’s Day

New City resident Caren Sommerstein Schwartz never thought she would become part of a club of mothers who have lost their children to addiction. Her son Reid died of a fentanyl overdose in 2015 at the age of 24. He had been battling addiction to fentanyl and heroin for eight years at that point. ThroughContinue reading “Mom Shares Story on International Bereaved Mother’s Day”

Experts Talk About Addiction During a Pandemic

A rise in drug overdoses has been eclipsed by the seesawing caseload of coronavirus cases during this once-in-a-century pandemic. Those who work with recovering addicts have been working overtime to provide care in a way they haven’t before. “We in the recovery community have noticed a huge intake and people seeking recovery, especially from heroinContinue reading “Experts Talk About Addiction During a Pandemic”

Drug Use Among Teens Worrying During Pandemic

With drug usage appearing to be on the rise after a worrisome report that celebrity therapist Dr. Laura Berman’s teenaged son allegedly died of a drug overdose after obtaining illicit substances via social media, Ulster Prevention Council head Cheryl DePaolo weighed in on online drug trafficking and other drug usage trends during the pandemic. DePaoloContinue reading “Drug Use Among Teens Worrying During Pandemic”