Plattsburgh, NY – 11/5/15 – Heroin has undergone a resurrection. A powerful opioid drug that was once the scourge of inner cities is now widely available, cheap and being abused in middle class suburbs and even the most rural areas of Northern New York and Vermont.ÿ Many addicts who have gotten hooked on prescription medications, especially painkillers, are now turning to heroin.ÿ That in turn, has created a public health crisis as treatment and social services providers to try to help addicts, and their families.

Mountain Lake PBS invites the community to the Mountain Lake PBS studio in Plattsburgh for a public forum on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6pm, to discuss the dangers of heroin and opioid addiction, and identify problems and weaknesses in current efforts to combat the rampant heroin epidemic.

We invite you to participate in this town hall style forum and, if you would like, question members of our panel, or share your own personal stories.ÿ If you are unable to attend the taping of the town hall, but would still like to participate, the taping will be streamed live online at mountainlake.org. You can also submit questions or comments by emailing mlpbs@mountainlake.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Thom Hallock, host of the award-winning Mountain Lake Journal, will moderate the panel of experts for a thoughtful discussion that will include families, parents, political leaders, law enforcement, and organizations that focus on prevention and treatment.

Our invited panel of experts includes:

  • Connie Wille, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Family Center in Plattsburgh
  • John Redden, Commissioner of the Clinton County Department of Social Services
  • Desmond Racicot, Police Chief, City of Plattsburgh
  • Brent Davison, Lieutenant BCI New York State Police Troop B
  • New York State Senator Betty Little
  • New York State Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
  • Bess O’Brien, Documentary Filmmaker & Producer The Hungry Heart

We’ll also hear from a recovering addict, and families who have lost children to a heroin overdose.

The public forum, The Heroin Crisis: Fighting Back will be recorded and edited for broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS on Friday, November 20th at 8pm.ÿ It will be rebroadcast on Saturday, November 21st at 7pm, and again on Sunday, November 22nd at 10am. The forum is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP by emailing mlpbs@mountainlake.org.

Audience members are asked to arrive at 5:30 on Tuesday, November 17th for the 6pm taping.

About Mountain Lake PBS 

Mountain Lake PBS serves nearly 4 million people in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario with acclaimed PBS series and award-winning local productions. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.

Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to inspire andÿenrich people and communities through meaningful storytelling, entertainment, educationÿand public engagement.