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Rye Mom, Senate Hopeful Strives To Tackle State's Teen Drug Abuse

Julie Killian wants to re-appropriate state funding to combat youth drug use in Westchester County.
Julie Killian wants to re-appropriate state funding to combat youth drug use in Westchester County. Photo Credit: Facebook

RYE, N.Y. -- When it comes to dealing with youth drug abuse, State Senate candidate and Rye City Councilwoman, Julie Killian, knows more than most.

Poll
Do You Think New York State Should Allocate Media Dollars To Fight Drug Abuse?
Final Results Voting Closed

Do You Think New York State Should Allocate Media Dollars To Fight Drug Abuse?

  • I agree with State Senate candidate Julie Killian that New York should allocate media dollars to promote a digital drug education campaign.
    89%
  • I disagree with State Senate candidate Julie Killian that New York should allocate media dollars to promote a digital drug education campaign.
    11%

Killian is known for her involvement in Westchester anti-drug coalitions, and has worked to get local teenagers off drugs and educate all youths on the dangers of harmful substances. Killian co-founded Rye Action for Children and Teens, or RyeACT, as a community organization designed to educate teenagers and their parents about the dangers of drug use. Through support, education and outreach, she hopes to end at the pattern of shattered lives and families that abuse leaves behind.

That's why Killian is advocating a targeted, digital drug education campaign in New York, using already allocated tax dollars currently being spent on what she feels is the state’s "failed" Start UP NY campaign. To date, Start UP has spent $53 million on TV ads and created just 408 jobs in its three years.

Putting money to better use is at the heart of her campaign, and Killian believes spreading drug abuse information and messaging in a way parents and children can access and understand is incredibly important.

For more information about Councilwoman Killian’s campaign for State Senate, please visit her website.

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