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Tioga County ASAP Kicks Off Addiction Month

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Multiple organizations in Tioga County came together to kick off the start to National Addiction Month. Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition hosted an Overdose Awareness Day to help fight the stigmas associated with drug abuse.

"This is something to kick off the month that is celebratory, something that's full of hope, and send the message of a community coming together to recognize an issue," said Christina Olevano, Trinity- CASA Prevention Supervisor in Tioga County. "But our big thing right now is reducing the stigmas that often surround addiction and substance abuse." 

The Owego Chapter La Familia Motorcycle Club also held a benefit ride early Saturday morning in conjunction with the event. The club raised over $500.00 for the Tioga County Non-profit Network Trinity. Trinity is funded through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and helps to educate youths in schools on drug prevention. 

"We're always looking for something to help for any cause, especially something this tragic. I think everyone knows someone that has overdosed, or know someone who is struggling and it touches everybody," said Kevin Salter, Treasurer of Owego Chapter La Familia Motorcycle Club. 

Around 100 people came out for the event at the Tioga County Fair Grounds. The event also provided free Naloxone (Narcan) training to anyone who came.