Anti-Drug Presentation at Tech Addresses Life and Death Issues



December 11, 2017

Presenter Susan Solomon addressed students at The Tech Center on the dangers of gateway drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and nicotine during a presentation titled Drug Crisis in Our Backyard on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES this week. Solomon, who lost a son to a heroin overdose, urged students to seek help for themselves and their friends if they need it.
 
“There is something called the Good Samaritan Law,” Solomon told students, “which allows you to call the police for help if someone is using drugs, so they will get help and you will not be arrested,” she said.
 
Also addressing students were New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and Judge James Reitz, who oversees the Putnam County Treatment Court, which seeks to send drug offenders to rehab rather than prison.
 
“We should treat people who are addicted,” Reitz said, “so they don’t have to go to jail. Too many people are incarcerated for the wrong reason.” Reitz said that programs like Treatment Court save money and lives because it is more expensive to incarcerate people than to treat them.
 
 “I know there is a lot of peer pressure to try drugs, but we are here to help,” said Murphy, addressing the students. “My office is accessible 24/7.”
 
A recovering addict also spoke to students of his descent into drug use and subsequent arrests as well as his long road to recovery and the benefits of being clean and sober.
 
“The reason I think you are in good shape,” Reitz told Tech Center students, “is because you have people who bring you this type of program and who care about you. We can solve this problem by working together.”
 
Judge James Reitz, left, and NY State Senator Terrence Murphy address Tech Center students about the dangers of drug use.