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Letter: Celebrity Overdose

Another celebrity [Philip Seymour Hoffman] has died from a heroin overdose. With his death came public outrage, shock and disbelief. Yet, every day since and every day before that overdose, people are dying from heroin and prescription drug use. Our relatives, our friends and our neighbors are devastated from the lethal consequences of drug use; yet, here we are again. Some arrests, some finger pointing, some outrage, yet people, old and young, continue to die.

And they will continue to die until as a nation, as a society, as a community, and as parents, we are willing to acknowledge what is right in front of our eyes. We must work harder to prevent drug use and educate our children when they are young. We must teach parents, medical professionals and our elected officials that the only real way we will ever impact this growing epidemic is to address the emotional and physical pain that causes use and acknowledge the disease of addiction before it destroys a life. We must support voices who are willing to champion for those who have lost their voices. We must literally put our money where our mouths are and demand that our government fund prevention treatment efforts and insure that help is available on all levels to treat those in need.

Our children deserve that we pay attention to what can destroy their futures. In every tragedy there is opportunity; opportunity to learn and do something different or better. This is our opportunity… lest we continue to repeat the cycle and wait for the next headline. Our kids deserve better!

Jamie Bogenshutz, LCSW

Executive Director of YES Community Counseling Center

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

The Saint Mary’s High School Alumni Association hosted another successful Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, despite the cancellation of the golf outing portion of the event due to heavy rain and wind throughout the day. The event, which was the 22nd annual, honored Tom Raleigh of Floral Park, who was this year’s recipient of the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

The evening portion of the event brought a large turnout of alumni and guests to Plandome Country Club for the dinner reception to support St. Mary’s High School’s many wonderful programs. All the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.  


Calendar

Next Generation of Spirit Communication

Friday, October 24

FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

Saturday, November 1



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