Oct 1, 2015 10:06 PM
HUDSON- Around 100 people attended a community meeting to discuss heroin in Hudson.
“When I got introduced to Oxycontin, it kind of went downhill from there,” said Ed McDonough of Gatehouse Sober Community in Nashua.
McDonough is in recovery. With a suburban upbringing, he went on to play college hockey before getting hooked on pills and then heroin. He got clean as a resident at Gatehouse Sober Community where he now runs the program.
The exposure to prescription pain killers becoming a typical gateway to heroin use.
“I still can’t believe it half the time, but it’s great to be able to pass along and show guys this is what I did if you do these things you can get what I have,” McDonough said.
Panelists at the meeting included members of Hudson Police and Fire departments who talked about the growing numbers of overdoses they’ve seen in town.
Charlene Morrissey, the mother of a recovering addict shared her families story and says she had no help from the state.
“Prison is not the solution for this epidemic, help from the state is the solution,” Morrissey said.
A group of State Representatives listened to each story, as US Senator Kelly Ayotte discusses federal legislation she’s filed.
“Prevention, support for prevention, and education, we need a national prevention campaign on this folks,” Senator Ayotte said.
More than half of the room raised their hands when asked who knows someone who has overdosed. McDonough says he’s grateful to be able to share his story to give others hope.
“I know there’s hope. I wake up every day and that’s hope. So I just try to share that message,” McDonough said.
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