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Maine-Endwell Joins Truth Pharm in the Fight Against Opioids

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The Maine-Endwell School Central District teamed up with Truth Pharm in the fight against opioids Tuesday night at their third Opioid Education Night.

The event at Maine-Endwell Middle School educated parents on the ways to spot the signs of addiction in their teenagers with “Shawna Has A Secret”, an interactive bedroom display. The bedroom had drugs and other paraphernalia hidden in unlikely places for the adults to find.

At the same time down the hall, teens discussed drug abuse with experts from Truth Pharm and Binghamton University.

“It saves lives and bottom line that’s what we’re here to do. The hardest thing for law enforcement really is to watch the families, the way it affects the families.” - Det. John Harder, Broome County Sheriff’s Office

After the parents attempted to find all of the hidden items, Truth Pharm experts spoke about ways to have the conversation with teens about addiction, and who to turn to for help. Later on in the evening, both parents and teens were trained on how to administer Narcan.

“This epidemic is horrendous. We are losing lives at a phenomenal rate. If you don’t pay attention and don’t see the signs, you’re not gonna know.”

Jessica Saemen, a Truth Pharm Rainmaker, lost her brother, Jason, in July to an opioid overdose.

“I don’t ever want another family member to go through what I went through with my brother and my family. My brother battled his addiction for 15 years and it’s scary.”

Now, she volunteers with the organization at events like Maine-Endwell's, to prevent that from happening to another family.

“If you can reach one person, educate one person, and save one life that’s all that matters.”

The event drew dozens of families and along with Truth Pharm was sponsored by Broome County Legislator Jason Shaw, Endwell Rotary, Broome County Sheriff's Office, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Binghamton University Chapter, and Delta Engineers.