Forum launches Suffolk's anti-heroin initiative

A forum on teen drug use was held Monday at Patchogue-Medford High School to highlight Suffolk's growing heroin problem and give parents the tools they need.

The forum is part of a new initiative by lawmakers and police. The Suffolk Police Benevolent Association handed out 350 free drug test kits and instructed parents how to use them. They also provided parents with resources on counseling and treatment. Suffolk Leg. Jack Eddington (D, I - Medford) says he wants to make the school district a model in the fight against teen heroin use.

One of the speakers at the forum was Victor Ciappa whose daughter Natalie died in June 2008 of a heroin overdose. Her death renewed focus on the heroin epidemic.

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