Opioid Crisis in Delaware County: Town Hall Panel Discussion and Screening in Margaretville Thursday

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From WMC Health Margaretville Hospital Westchester Medical Center Health Network:

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Opioid Crisis in Delaware County: Town Hall Panel Discussion and Screening in Margaretville Thursday

MARGARETVILLE, N.Y. (June 25, 2018) — An award-winning documentary and a blue-ribbon panel will explore the opioid crisis in Delaware County at the MTC Community Room, 61 Academy St. in Margaretville, on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. — an event sponsored and presented by Margaretville Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

“Confronting the Opioid Epidemic: Face to Face and Through Film” — a town hall-style meeting, open to the public, free of charge — will consist of a 20-minute film screening followed by a panel discussion.

The screening will be Part 1 of the documentary “Smacked! Heroin Addiction & Recovery in Rural America,” directed by Jessica Vecchione of Hamden. The segment focuses on addiction recovery in Delaware County.

“Smacked!” earned Best Picture at the New Jersey Recovery Film Festival and was named an Official Selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival and of the REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Panelists for the discussion after the screening are to include:

  • Stephen J. Ferrando, MD, Director of Psychiatry, WMCHealth
  • David Scarpino , President, Chief Executive Officer, WMCHealth member HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, which manages Margaretville Hospital
  • Allen Nace, LMHC, CASAC, Administrative Director, Community Rehabilitation Services, HealthAlliance
  • Debra Mierop, LCSW, Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Delaware County
  • Peter Volkmann, MSW, Chief, Police Department, Chatham, N.Y.

“At least 10 people in Delaware County have died each year since 2016 after overdosing on opioids,” Nace says. “That’s a big number — about 25 people from the start of 2016 till now. And five more people will likely die in the county between now and the end of the year unless we do something about it.”
Nationally, more than 42,000 people die each year after overdosing on opioids — that’s more than 115 people in the United States every day.

The film and discussion will explore the opioid epidemic’s devastation in Delaware County, shed light on the lives of people affected by the epidemic, including families who have lost loved ones and individuals battling opioid addiction, and share experiences of a law enforcement agency that’s simultaneously cutting supplies on the streets and helping addicts find places for treatment. The forum will also examine measures Delaware County officials and healthcare providers are taking to mitigate the epidemic, and share ways we can all work to stem the crisis or at least decrease the harm of opioid use so fewer people die and more people struggling with the addiction improve their health outcomes.

For more information, call Margaretville Hospital at 845-586-2631.

About HealthAlliance, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley operates a 315-hospital bed healthcare system comprising HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston, New York, and Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville, New York. It also operates Mountainside Residential Care Center, an 82-bed skilled-nursing facility in Margaretville. As Ulster County’s largest employer, HealthAlliance is committed to attracting the best-qualified medical and support staff; providing outstanding, responsive, coordinated, compassionate patient- and family-centered care; excelling in clinical outcomes and patient experiences; and ensuring patient rights, privacy and respect are honored at all times, while improving the overall health and well-being of the diverse communities it serves. For more information about how HealthAlliance is delivering the promise of medicine, visit hahv.org or follow Facebook.com/HealthAllianceHV or Twitter.com/HAllianceHudVal.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

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