Hadley-Luzerne students hear true stories of the consequences of heroin addiction

March 31, 2017 06:35 PM

LUZERNE - Today's lesson came in the auditorium, not the classroom.

And it didn't come from a book. This was real-life.

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"It's a cancer in our society and it's everywhere," says Warren County Sheriff's Lt. Peter DiFiore about heroin addiction.

"I remember begging God to take my life," said Katrina Fox, a mother of 3 from Saratoga County who was here to talk to more than 300 Hadley-Luzerne students  about how addiction to heroin and other opioids destroys lives.

Karine Montanye told them about her son, Nico.

"Nico started smoking pot and drinking regularly in about the 9th or 10th grade."

Montanye says it progressed from there. Always a fun-loving kid, Nico became addicted to heroin.

He ended up in rehab a couple times. The last time, he never made it out.

"His 21st birthday we actually celebrated at the cemetery because he died less than a month after turning 20."

The Hometowns vs Heroin forum was scheduled long ago but it happens to come just a few days after a recent Hadley-Luzerne graduate was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and causing a crash that killed her daughter.

Alison Pecor is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Relatives saying she'd struggled with addiction but couldn't get the help she needed.

Organizers of the forum want these kids to know that there is help available. Before it's too late.

And the real-life messages seem to be working.

"That's the only way I feel that younger people and teenagers are going to get this," said Rebecca Daniels, a Hadley-Luzerne senior.

As for Karine Montanye, she's coming up on another milestone and plans to spend it where she's spends most of them.

"Monday will be exactly two years since Nico passed away. Guess where I'm gonna be?"

Montanye didn't need to tell the kids that she'll be visiting her son at the cemetery.


Mark Mulholland

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