Thanks to the efforts of the Troy Drug-Free Community Coalition, more than forty people turned out last night to participate in a community conversation about the impact of substance abuse on Troy residents and what can be done about it. Panelists included a mother whose son nearly died from his heroin addiction, people in recovery, Deputy Commissioner of Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health Lou Desso, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco, and Joe LaCoppola, Program Director at Conifer Park in Troy.

Addressing substance abuse in all its forms—tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana and other illicit drugs—and preventing young people from using substances is a community goal that we at the Tobacco-Free Coalition share. To learn more about preventing youth tobacco use, see what you can do here.