Community members and experts in substance abuse came together in Madison County to discuss possible solutions for those fighting addiction.
Someone dies from a preventable overdose every six hours in New York, and many are scared it could be someone they care about.
Celeste Bloomingdale, the mother of two sons who are fighting addiction, knows first-hand what it’s like for those affected by potential overdoses.
“My son did overdose a month ago. We took him to the emergency room he asked for help, and within an hour he was released,” Bloomingdale said. “Within a little bit over 24 hours later he was incarcerated.”
She says that overdosing and fighting addiction is a major problem in rural communities like the one her family lives in.
They’re more than an hour drive from any resource center and have nowhere to turn for help.
The New York State Senate Opioids, Addiction, and Overdose Prevention Joint-Task Force is looking for a new solution that doesn’t involve locking people up who need treatment and help.