Heroin Spikes in Suburbs

Posted on August 9, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Heroin overdoses are flaring out of control in New York’s northern suburbs and Catholic Charities is fighting back. 

Heroin All the Time

Police say they have never seen a drug epidemic like this one in the upstate communities we serve: Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Sullivan and Putnam Counties. Deaths by heroin overdose skyrocked by 50-percent in the past five years killing teens, coeds and even grandparents.

This is “the biggest threat to public health in the Northeast,” says the Drug Enforcement Administration .

It seems there is no safe place, no community, no church, no school that doesn’t bear the scars of mourning.

Catholic Charities Fights Back

At Catholic Charities we understand that addiction is complex and has devastating impacts on communities.  Our programs are designed to help individuals and their families through the recovery process.  They range from outpatient clinics and support groups to inpatient recovery programs.

Catholic Charities provides alcohol and substance abuse treatment and support for those seeking recovery and for the families who love them.

Last year alone we helped get 11,752 teenagers and adults treated for substance abuse.

What You Need to Know

Our Recovery Center headquartered in Sullivan County run by Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan County, for example, offers a comprehensive continuum of services, including prevention, intervention, and treatment for adolescents and adults with substance use or gambling disorders on an outpatient and inpatient basis, as well as a day rehabilitation program.  We also run 8 outpatient clinics in Orange County along with day rehabilitation services and medically monitored and medically supervised detox services on and off-site for adolescents;

And that’s just for starters. Catholic Charities and our affiliates teamed up to take heroin head on.

Do you or does someone you know need help? Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Contact Us Now

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COVID-19 pandemic.

For Help Call 888-744-7900