The recent explosion of heroin use and the long-term issue with prescription drug abuse has prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch a new initiative -- 'Kitchen Table Toolkit' -- as part of the New York State Combat Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse campaign .
This toolkit features two new videos which can be used by parents, teachers and community members to help begin conversations with young people concerning the health risks and dangerous consequences of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.
"Talking about substance abuse and the disease of addiction can be a difficult conversation, but it can be a life-saving one," said Cuomo . "This toolkit is a valuable resource for communities, school districts, and families across our state to help start serious conversations about the disease of addiction and the inherent dangers of drug use and experimentation."
The videos, available on the website, feature real accounts of individuals in recovery who share their personal stories of denial, the progression of substance use, and the impact addiction had on their lives and the lives of their families.
"Children of parents who are involved and engaged are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. These videos are a great tool for adults to educate themselves about the reality of substance use disorders, so that they can help young New Yorkers understand the devastating effects of addiction," said Arlene González-Sánchez, commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
State Sen. George Amedore, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse said : "The new Kitchen Table Toolkit is a great resource to encourage conversation about the dangers and risks associated with heroin use and addiction, and to provide crucial information on how to get treatment for those who need it. I want to thank Commissioner Sanchez and OASAS for their continued efforts to increase education, awareness and prevention."
Parents and young people can learn more about the dangers of heroin at the combat heroin website .
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