I was honored to work with Recovery Now NY on their successful application to have Rochester become one of 15 “Facing Addiction” pilot sites in the country. Facing Addiction seeks to reform the public response to the addiction crisis via grassroots-driven campaign strategies.
Nationally, one in every three homes is impacted by alcohol and drug addiction of some form, and Rochester is no different. While the problem has grown exponentially, the response has not. Last year, I became active with the Monroe County Opioid Task Force, and sponsored a community Narcan training to teach outreach workers, neighborhood activists and family members how to treat opioid overdoses until emergency responders arrive
In the weeks and months ahead, I will be working with the Recovery Now NY team to gather resources, strategize grassroots efforts, and bring greater awareness to the crippling addiction crisis