Preventing substance abuse in Schodack

April 03, 2018 11:09 PM

CASTLETON - "Being addicted to opiates is like chasing a dragon, you're constantly chasing that first high but what's going to happen if you actually catch it?" 

You will eventually die. That was the message officials were driving home to a nearly packed maple hill high school audience of students, parents and faculty. 


"It goes across all socioeconomic groups, it does not discriminate and nobody is immune from it," Town of Schodack Police Chief, Joseph Belardo said.

"I lost my son in 2016 and it's something no parent should ever have to go through," Karen Brady said.

Brady's son, Sean disappeared in November of 2016.

Two weeks later, she found the 22 year old, dead.

She believes his addiction started in his senior year at Maple Hill with marijuana.

"Never in one million years would my son do anything, any drugs but he just got sucked in and it only takes one time," Brady said.

"He broke his arm, got a 30-day script for Oxycontin, and that's what started his downward spiral," Tim Murdick said.

Murdick says his son wanted to get help but there just weren't enough resources for him.

"Either he wasn't sick enough, or he didn't have the right insurance or didn't meet the criteria, that was their typical responses," Murdick said.

Rensselaer county saw 33 overdoses in 2016, up from 25 the previous year.

By showing the documentary, "Chasing the Dragon," organizers are hoping to drive home the message once and for all.

"Once is more than enough because you can get hooked and you can die with just once. It is dangerous," Craig Wilkinson said.

In a few weeks, Rensselaer County will announce who will become the Opiates Recovery Coordinator.

The position was created using drug forfeiture funds.


Karen Tararache

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