Let’s Break the Siege by Dealing with Addiction
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Discovery Institute attended a forum on the current heroin epidemic in New Jersey at Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School (MEMS); this event was sponsored by the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Topics of discussion included overdose prevention, the safe-keeping and disposal of prescription drugs, as well as a moving story about a woman’s loss of a sibling dealing with addiction to heroin.
The Discovery Institute regularly admits those dealing with addiction to opiates such as heroin and knows the complexities of the disease. They have seen the increase in those abusing the drug as an alternative to expensive prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Young pill addicts who can no longer afford or no longer have access to painkillers turn to the powerful and inexpensive heroin available on the streets of nearly every town in New Jersey, and with the increase in social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to locate and distribute a new supply.
So what is the solution? Local, State and Federal Government are trying to solve the drug problems in our communities but funding will always be a source of contention; so rather than locking our children up and hiding them away from the world until we have a real solution, education and communication are the answer. The Discovery Institute is not only a drug abuse treatment facility but also a family education channel offering seminars to in-patient and out-patient family members.
The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism & Drug Abuse meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Manalapan Township Senior Center. To learn more about the Alliance visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ManalapanEnglishtownTownshipCommunityAlliance