As students prepare to head back to the classroom, State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing she has secured $70,000 to help enhance in-school drug prevention efforts throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.
“The sooner we can teach children about the dangers of abusing drugs, the better the odds are that they will stay away from these deadly substances that have the power to destroy their lives,” said Senator Ritchie. “I am pleased to again be able to provide funding that will help to educate children about the dangers of drugs, give them a shoulder to lean on, and someone to talk to, should they be faced with difficult situations involving these substances and ensure our region’s young people have bright futures.”
In Oswego County, funding secured by Senator Ritchie will allow anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs provided by Farnham Family Services, a not-for-profit, medically supervised, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, intervention and prevention clinic, in local schools to continue. In recent years, budget cuts eliminated anti-drug programs in some schools.
To date, Senator Ritchie has secured $120,000 to ensure the programs continue.
As a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Senator Ritchie has been continuing to work to stop the spread of illegal substances in the region she represents, as well as across the state.
Most recently, she successfully advocated for the passage of a package of bills that expand access to addiction treatment, improve the availability of life-saving medicines to reverse overdose effects and seek to raise awareness of the potential for abuse of prescription medications, which can lead to heroin abuse.