Opioid Addiction Can Set Off Chain Reaction Through Family

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) — Opioids can have devastating consequences for the people who abuse them, affecting their health, safety and freedom – but it doesn’t stop there. Drug abuse can ruin the lives of people who never touch the substances themselves. Stephanie Forrester is 37, from Fairport. She has two kids: a son and a daughter. She said they grew up around her addiction.

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Drug Intervention And Prevention Programs Seek Money From New York State

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is seeking an increase in funding for addiction prevention programs in the upcoming New York state budget. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Lupardo focuses on two Binghamton programs that she says have worked in the past. The Student Assistance Program, or SAP, is a school-based program from Lourdes Hospital that puts certified prevention counselors into schools. Jill Alford-Hammitt is the program manager. She says before money dried up, they had counseling programs in 10 school districts and today, they’re in only four.