Combat Heroin & Prescription Drug Abuse


NEW VIDEOS HELP PARENTS, EDUCATORS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND YOUNG PEOPLE DISCUSS DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ABUSE AND HEROIN USE. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new ‘Kitchen Table Toolkit Discussion Guide‘ and Guidelines Community Forums Toolkit as part of the New York State Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse campaign. This toolkit features two new videos which can be used by parents, teachers and community members to help begin conversations with youth concerning the health risks and dangerous consequences of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. “Talking about substance abuse and the disease of addiction can be a difficult conversation, but it can be a life-saving one,” SAID GOVERNOR CUOMO. “This toolkit is a valuable resource for communities, school districts, and families across our state to help start serious conversations about the disease of addiction and the inherent dangers of drug use and experimentation.”

The videos, available on the State’s Combat Heroin website, feature real accounts of individuals in recovery who share their personal stories of denial, the progression of substance use, and the impact addiction had on their lives and the lives of their families. The first video is focused on helping viewers at community forums, school personnel, PTA meetings, and in other group settings understand the prevalence of addition and how its impact knows no boundaries. The second video features testimonials from young people who share intimate details about the impact addiction has had on their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. Additional materials are available on the website to help guide public discussions on these topics.

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Safe?
Prescription Safety
Facts on Heroin and Prescription Opioids
Synthetics – What you should know/What you should do