Aug 29, 2015 9:57 PM

Manchester forum connects addicts to answers

MANCHESTER - It's no secret that heroin addiction has been on the rise in the Queen City.

So far in 2015, there have already been more than 50 overdose deaths in the city linked to the addictive opioid.

On Saturday, however, a forum was held at the Veteran's Memorial Park to bring resources and those recovering together.

Called "Stop the Circle," the rally was organized by Melissa Laferriere. She came up with idea after reading 'rude' comments about those with addiction on social media.

"I just knew that I was fed up and had to do something, and so this is what I did," she said.

Many addicts attended the event to try and learn about ways to break their addiction.

"When I was 10 years old, I was using heroin," said Pamela Geraldino, a self-admitted lifelong addict who says she has overdosed more than 30 times. "I know if I keep using, I'm going to end up going out because of the drugs and that's the biggest fear."

Geraldino joined many others who listened to dozens of speakers and musical groups on stage - all of them focusing on finding help and breaking the bad habits.

Support groups, transitional homes and those offering recovery help were also present at vendor tables.

Lafferriere said more than 300 people attended the forum.


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