Friday, January 12, 2018




More education and treatment on demand needed in war on drugs, says DA

Hoovler - start drug abuse education at an early age

NEWBURGH – Remember the Crosby, Stills Nash and Young song “Teach Your Children Well”?

That was the message from Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler at a forum on drug abuse held by United Way of Orange and Dutchess Counties held at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh on Thursday.

Hoovler said drug abuse education should start at an early age.

“We need to educate our children much longer and more repetitively,” he told the conference. “They have to get education from about the time they are in grade four to the time they are in high school. There has to be a component every year about drug and alcohol awareness, prevent and education.”

Hoovler also said adults need to be educated as to how the problem starts, where it is and the signs and symptoms of addiction.

The DA also said treatment is needed on demand just as a patient goes to the doctor for the flu or a sprained ankle. It cannot be just a “one size fits all” approach he said.

Hoovler also discussed assisting people in recovery and providing opportunities for people who have felony convictions and are coming out of prison so they have the opportunity to succeed and assimilate back into society.


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