Farmingville, NY – On April 21st, 2018, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, attended the WAR on Addiction Rally at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. In memory of Billy Reitzig, his father, William Reitzig, organized the rally to educate the residents on the dangers of drug use and overdose, provide support services, raise money for Hope House Ministries, and to inspire hope.
Featured at the event were treatment and recovery organizations, support groups, drug awareness advocate speakers, NARCAN training, Shed the Meds, holistic education, and music by the Hope House Ministries band, the HYMNS.
“Events like the WAR on Addiction Rally are so important and instrumental in educating the public on the dangers of drug use and the epidemic that has spread across this country. We must continue these efforts and increase awareness of beneficial resources to assist our loved ones and community members affected by addiction,” said Legislator Anker.
Anthony Rizzuto of Families in Support of Treatment (FIST), Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email) of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Dr. Jeff Reynolds of Family and Children’s Association, and Father Frank Pizzarelli of Hope House Ministries were all in attendance to share their respective expertise and knowledge on how to combat addiction and what their organizations have to offer to those who are seeking help.
For more information on the WAR on Addiction Rally, or for resources on how to combat addiction, please visit www.waronaddictionrally.com.
For more than 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.
LICADD is Long Island’s premier non-profit agency providing life-saving alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts evidence-based prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, and a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and public policy advocacy.
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