24-Hour drug support at the HopeLine: 877-846-7369
Spotlight on Recovery is a recurring support group offered by Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, with an interactive forum for family support and education. See our Support Groups Page.
Are you, or someone you love, struggling with addiction? Please see our extensive list of resources for drug rehabilitation.
Run 4 Recovery
Please join us on Saturday, 9/26 for a run OR just walk to support recovery for those in need. This is a fun event that helps us raise money to continue our mission of Awareness, Prevention and Recovery. Please spread the word and let's all participate!
Register at www.runner.org/run4recovery
Drug Crisis Meet, Greet & Eat
Come out on Thursday, 10/8 to our "Meet, Greet & Eat" to hear more about the work of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, and learn what's happening in our community related to drug addiction and awareness. Food will be served.
Thursday, October 8
Mahopac Public Library, Community Room
668 Rt. 6, Mahopac NY
Email ssal@drugcrisisinourbackyard to register, or call 914-582-8384. Download the full event flyer here
On Saturday, October 10, we'll be hosting a special training class on using Naloxone to prevent drug overdoses. Register for this life-saving class, space is limited to 30 people.
Saturday, October 10
St. John's the Evangelist, Social Hall
221 E. Lake Blvd, Mahopac NY
Email ssal@drugcrisisinourbackyard to register, or call 914-582-8384. Download the full event flyer here.
Thought for the Week
Come Out and Be Counted
Unfortunately, we have had 4 overdoses in the first quarter of the year in Putnam County. It isn’t that we have more drugs here or that our citizens are more likely to use drugs, it simply is that our country is under siege. We have a drug epidemic of astronomical propositions. I have heard people call it the Black Plague.
The bigger it gets the more important it is for us to step up to the plate and do something about it. We are actively meeting with other groups and speaking to anyone that will listen. It is our mission to keep this movement going. Please take a look at our events page and come out to show your support. We need each and every one of you, to make sure this issue stays in the public eye. It’s the only way that we can help each other and save our children.
We’re pleased to report the implementation of one of the laws signed June 23, 2014 by Governor Cuomo:
Insurance companies cannot use “Fail First” and must expedite appeals as follows:
April 1, 2015 - All commercial insurance companies must comply
July 1, 2015 – All Medicaid NYC plans must comply
January 1, 2016 - All other Medicaid plans must comply
What is Addiction?
We have many resources on this website to give readers more information about the issues and signs of addiction. The article below is just one example. It details the struggle of one individual dealing with the illness of addiction. Click here to enlarge.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction and needs help, in addition to reaching out through our organization, please reach out to either the Putnam County Crisis Hotline at 845-225-1222 or the HopeLine at 877-846-7369.