- Dutchess' per-capita drug-related death rate hit a high of 24.2 per 100,000 people in 2013 (PJ 4/2017).
- Dutchess County had the highest drug-related death rate of any New York county in the three years of 2010, 2012 and 2013 (PJ 4/2017).
- Overdose rates in Dutchess County continue to rise year to year. Most recent data shows a 35% increase from 2016-2017 (DCDBCH).
- More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems (SAMHSA, NCADD).
- Newborn Drug-related Diagnosis Rate per 10,000 Newborns Discharges in Dutchess County rose from 52.7 in 2010 to 136.7 in 2014 (NYS Department of Health https://www.health.ny.gov/).
Why the WCT: Addiction, Prevention and Education Committee?
The committee was formed from the WCT’s Local Action Project (LAP) during the 2017-2018 school year in response to the growing substance abuse epidemic in Dutchess County and the impact on our members, students and community-at-large. We function under the belief that education is imperative to the prevention and successful treatment of those with a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, we know that the stigma associated with substance abuse must be diminished in order to appropriately care for a person with a substance use disorder, as well as all those involved in substance abuse including the family, friends and co-workers.
Who are we?
The committee started with five WCT members and expanded in collaboration with Elaine Trumpetto (CAPE) and Eleanore Reilly (JJHS AP). As news of our work spread, the committee has grown. Today’s presentation and workshops are the outcome of this collaboration. The current members are:
Pasquale Delli Carpini
Diane Di Chiara
WCSD Administrator Member: Eleanore Reilly
CAPE (Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education) Member: Elaine Trumpetto
If after today’s presentation and workshops, you would like to become a member of the committee, please e-mail: Diane.DiChiara@WCSDNY.org
First Steps: Change the language
Dr. John F. Kelly, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School:
“This change goes beyond mere political correctness. Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, the language we use actually makes a profound difference in our attitudes and, thus, how we may approach our nation’s number one public health problem…”