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Organization "Strikes" Against Heroin

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Support Group "Dope Without Dope" wants to put a stop to heroin use in our area...and they're taking to the bowling alley to do it!

Sunday the group headed to Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott raising money for a new Rescue Mission Program geared toward helping those recover from heroin addiction.


Heroin is often referred to as a faceless drug because there are no true signs to spot someone who uses it.
And when it comes to drug abuse one organization says no one is alone.

"A lot of people in the community don't realize there's other people in the community just like them that have been affected or struggled or are suffering and it brings everyone together for one common bond whether they lost somebody or they know someone battling addiction, it puts everybody in the same room," Joseph Gonzalez, co-founder, Dope Without Dope.

Members of Dope Without Dope say even if it isn't you who is personally dealing with a heroin addiction. There is always someone out there who can use your support, and together we can put a "strike" to heroin.

"Reach out. Don't be scared to reach out to somebody.Don't be scared to talk to your neighbor or your friend. You'll be surprised how many people are suffering from this," said Gonzalez.

Mayor Rich David says he is working with members of city government to put plans in place for what he calls one of the biggest issues in Broome County.

"We need to come together as a community and pool all of our resources to not only raise awareness to the dangers, but to really push back. And that's communicating with police and law enforcement any information we have about those who penalize poisons in our community," said Mayor Rich David.

"Any addiction, whether it's alcohol or drugs effects everybody, whether you are somebody who grew up with nothing or grew up with everything. Addiction knows no bounds and we all need to be loving and supportive and respectful to each other in this horrible battle," said Owner of Brass Lantern Tavern Wendy Dube,

Members of Dope Without Dope are currently working to create a heroin community committee within the next few months.

Sunday, the group raised nearly $500.
Dope Without Dope will also hold a candlelight vigil in February to honor all who recently lost their lives to heroin.