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Rep. John Katko Invites Public to Heroin, Synthetic Drug Town Hall Event in Fulton on Monday

Scott Willis

Residents in Oswego County who are concerned about substance abuse will have a chance Monday to  meet with Congressmember John Katko who will hold his fourth town hall meeting to discuss heroin and synthetic drug abuse. Like his past events, Representative Katko will be joined by a panel of community advocates and parents, healthcare professionals, educators, prevention and treatment specialists, as well as law enforcement and first responders to answer community questions. 

“Heroin and synthetic drug abuse has hit our region especially hard – and in Oswego County, I’ve heard from countless families who are struggling to find treatment.” Katko said in a release. “These important conversations help to educate our entire community on the dangers associated with heroin and synthetic drug abuse and provide resources for parents, young people, and those struggling with addiction.”

The event is free and open to the public.  

 A Conversation on Heroin and Synthetic Drug Abuse in Fulton

Monday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus
CNY Arts Center, Inc.

11 River Glen Drive in Fulton

 The meeting will be moderated by Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes.  Panelists will include:

        ·          Assistant Fulton Fire Chief David Eiffe

·          Fulton City School District Superintendent William Lynch

·          Jiancheng Huang, Director of Public Health, Oswego County Health Department

·          Michael Batstone, Investigator with the Oswego County Drug Task Force

·          Monika Taylor, LCSW, CASAC, Director of Chemical Dependency Treatment Services for Crouse Hospital

·          Gina Atkins, RN, Associate Administrator for Behavioral Services at Oswego Health

·          Penny Morley, MS, CAS, Prevention Services Director at Farnham Family Services & Member of the Coalition to Combat Substance Abuse

·          Alan Francis, MS, Chemical Dependency Counselor for County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA)

·          Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation & Member of the Coalition to Combat Substance Abuse

·          Cori Welch, Leader of “Addiction Awareness, Sharing Without Shame”