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Aug 20, 2015 7:44 PM

More than 100 attend heroin community discussion in Pelham


PELHAM- Pelham has already had more heroin overdoses this year than in all of 2014. Since January, the town has seen two overdoses, two resulting in death. These numbers may not seem high compared to other communities, but one is one too many for the Pelham Community Coalition, working to reduce the heroin epidemic they're seeing in their town.

The Coalition, in partnership with Police, Fire, and Town Officials hosted a Community Discussion on heroin at Town Hall Thursday. More than 100 attended, many parents with their young children were in the audience.

Keynote speaker Sandi Coyle, Director of Recovery and Community Engagement at New Futures spoke about her own recovery, and how it is possible to get help and turn your life around.

"Addicts aren't bad people needing to get good. They're sick people needing to get better," Coyle said.

Sheryl Mercier, a Pelham mother spoke about her own family's struggle with addiction. She talked about having to bring her son to rehab when he was just sixteen years-old, and how it's a battle they continue to deal with to this day.

Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark urged residents to call police before it's too late. He said his department deals with people who are addicted every day and can help families talk to their loved ones about treatment.

Lt. Rob Horne, EMS Coordinator for the Fire Department warned of the misconceptions about Narcan.

"Narcan doesn't save every life," Horne said.


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