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Ariana Lubelli Aug 3, 2017, 5:56 pmAug 4, 2017, 5:18 am

Rockland Council expands programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic

One grieving mother is working with the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence to host recovery and remembrance rallies

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Caren Schwartz lost her 24-year-old son, Reid Schwartz to a heroin overdose in 2015. Memories are all she has to hold onto.

Now, Schwartz is using her experience to help other families battling with drug addiction by working with the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence to host recovery and remembrance rallies.

In 2016, there were 37 deaths related to opioid overdoses in Rockland County. So far in 2017, there have been 15 deaths related to opioids.

"I've been with the Rockland council for 10 years and this is the worst that I have ever seen it,” Prevention Service Coordinator, Kathleen Katt-Bennie said.

Due to the high demand for their services, two certified addiction-recovery coaches have been hired to help bridge the gap between treatment and recovery.

The council is hosting a recovery and remembrance 5k on Sunday, Sept 10th at Rockland Lake State Park.

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