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Long Island Heroin Prevention Conference Takes Aim At Stigma Of Addiction

May 10, 2018 - 9:18 am
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BETHPAGE, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Long Island has an enormous problem with opiate and heroin addiction -- which is not only life threatening to the addict, but can be a real threat to their family as well.

A conference on Long Island on Friday, will deal with that aspect of the epidemic.

Anyone who has a child addicted to heroin -- or any drug for that matter-- can tell you how the addiction has hurt the family.

At this year's Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force Conference, the focus will be on the family. James Schneider of the Dynamic Youth Community -- a long term treatment program in Brooklyn -- will be one of the speakers, and will try to dispel the stigma of addiction.

"Addiction is not a moral failing. Addicts don't only come from bad families. The stigma of addiction can stop those who are suffering from seeking help," he said.

Drug addiction can destroy a family's finances, it can destroy a parents' marriage, their emotional health, and their own social life.

Families, he said, need to attend support groups and counseling.