Program on Substance Abuse Treatment

Sunday April 15 – 2:00 PM

The Claverack Free Library will host a program detailing local resources available for the prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction.

Chatham Police Chief, Peter Volkmann, will discuss the successful program he launched in July 2016, Chatham Cares 4 U, which encourages residents who want to overcome their addiction to walk into the police station, turn over their drugs, and ask for help. Instead of arresting them, police find a treatment program appropriate to the situation and insurance coverage, and often will drive the resident to that program and stay in touch during and after treatment.

Since inception, Chatham Cares 4 U placed 175 participants from throughout the region into treatment. The Chief said. “I became a cop to save lives, not arrest people. As a police chief, I want to help people with a medical condition get help before they go to jail. Too many people were dying; we needed to get them treatment.”

Columbia County Public Health Educator, Victoria McGahan will present the many additional resources available throughout the county for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. Ms McGahan notes that the effects of substance use in our community are more pervasive than many people realize.

Taconic Hills Elementary School Assistant Principal, Jane Case will describe the effects of substance use disorder on school children and their families.

In May the Claverack Library will host the Columbia Pathways to Recovery traveling collection of 22 books, sponsored by the Columbia County Library Association, on addictions and substance use. These books, which include materials appropriate for teens and adults, may be borrowed.

Bring your questions; stay for refreshments.