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Today's program on heroin use in the suburbs was a difficult discussion to have. It's been covered in the New York Times, and with a series of articles in the Courant

I appreciated Kevin Hauschulz for coming on the air to share his very personal story.  If you have been affected by loved ones with addictions, you know how hard it can be.  Being in middle and high school is such a difficult time as it is, the prospect of getting involved in a drug like heroin seems frightening.  I have two little sisters of that age, living in the suburbs, and my natural urge is to protect them from these vulnerable years. 

Robyn left a comment on our Facebook page, and she says it well:

"This is so incredibly scary and hard to believe. This topic needs more press so parents can really digest it. I think most parents like myself really can't believe it could happen to our children....and apparently it can."

Rick Green wrote about Ian Wells, an 18 year old kid from Wethersfield who had just returned from being "a banjo playing camp counselor".  The next thing his parents knew he was dead from an overdose.  Mary Marcuccio uses her personal experience to help educate other parents

Shawn commented on Facebook:

Folks are at greatest risk for overdose when they're released from prison or substance use treatment.  Some folks are working on OD prevention programs for these populations, but we're in the early stages.  CT had over 400 opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2006, many of which could have been prevented.

Addiction is so complex and the reasons behind it and the ways people enter into recovery are equally as complex.  The abstinance only approach does a disservice to the "one day at a time" philosophy.

And Greg Williams provided another support outlet:

We would like to help youth and families to give recovery support to those suffering and in need of help:

www.ctyouthandfamilies.org

"We help youth and families facing drug and alcohol problems connect with prevention, treatment, and recovery services through a statewide network of peer-to-peer supports. We are a unified voice of people who have "been there" working together to strengthen families and communities, improve policies and practices, and, above all, save lives."

And Len Bestoff from WFSB emailed.  In November they profiled the heroin problem in the town of East Haddam - which you can see here.