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Heroin Use, Substance Abuse in East Windsor a Topic of Community Forum

In February 2014, a young East Windsor student died of a heroin overdose. A March community forum took place to discuss substance abuse.

Credit: DEA
Credit: DEA

A 14-year old East Windsor student died from a heroin overdose in February. That same month, four East Windsor high schoolers were hospitalized after taking Xanax, according to a report on WFSB.

On March 11, a Community Services Night took place at East Windsor High School and provided an opportunity for the community to learn about substance abuse and resources available to them, according to a letter from Superintendent Theresa M. Kane. The letter is attached to this article as a PDF.

'Significant Drug Threat'

Heroin is the "second most significant drug threat to Connecticut," according to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center.

According to Friends of Narconon, the demand for heroin in Connecticut is "increasing dramatically." They described it as inexpensive and easily accessible.

NBC Connecticut cited the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on how fatalities in Connecticut due to heroin use increased from one year to another.

In 2012, there were 174 fatalities in the state, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported. In 2013, there were 257 fatalities.

Did you attend the East Windsor Community Services Night? What did you take away from the forum?


Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s fact sheet on heroin to learn more about the drug, how it impacts the brain and the dangers associated with using it.

Kelly Clark March 12, 2014 at 08:49 AM
My son bought some pot from the well-known drug dealer in town Michael Resto on East Rd. Police told me his family has a history of selling drugs from when they lived in Enfield, yet they don't do anything about it. Our system doesn't work when you have convicted drug dealers living in your town instead of serving time in jail for the poison they sell to our children. Being a parent is hard enough today, and helping our kids make the best decisions is even harder with scumbags like this around every turn.
Michael March 12, 2014 at 04:46 PM
I love how an article about heroin turns into a convo about a kid selling pot ohhh big deal how's it look that your kids smoking the shit. Of you knew anything about him or his family you would know that he was 13 when he lived in Enfield his family did not sell drugs! Nor has anyone in his family been convicted of selling any type of drugs. So before you open your ignorant mouth maybe you should get your facts straight. Or maybe keep a better eye on your kid since he seems to be doing drugs!! Talk about bad parenting... And I bet he could pass a drug test unlike your son who "buys" pot you that's illegal 2? It seems like you are the scum who can't get a grip on life or your kid :)
Tara Perez March 12, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Well said!!
Larry Ferrari March 13, 2014 at 04:27 PM
It seems addiction is on the front page these days. Why is that? We have a Governor who OK-ed the sale of marijuana in Connecticut. Most people stopped smoking and he does this.. Pot is addictive and worse than Cigarettes. It won't be long before so-called medical marijuana hits the street. Is it about the money? Rumor has it his son and nephew are a problem drug users. http://articles.courant.com/2009-12-10/news/hc-web-malloy-son-1211dec10_1_dannel-malloy-prison-sentence-shippan What is going on? No one cared before. Family's ruined, son's and daughters dead or in jail. No one cared? All of a sudden its a big deal... Good! I hope they see the light. Michael is right only kids do learn by example! Set limits. Turn off that lousy gamer and TV and go out and play.. Then come home for supper where everyone sits down and eats together. Supervision and family unity. Try it! The words please and no goes a long way....

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