CUBA — The Allegany County Heroin and Opioid Abuse Ad-Hoc Committee invites community members to a Community Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse on Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cuba-Rushford Central School Middle/High School Auditorium, Route 305, Cuba NY.

“No one plans on their family member struggling with addiction. If this is your reality, come get connected to resources that can help. If you are looking to learn about addiction and ways to help our efforts, please join us,” stated Legislator Judy Hopkins, Ad-Hoc Committee Chairperson.

The Community Forum will begin with the viewing of the award winning documentary The Hungry Heart. The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the patients of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes. These young men and women are struggling with prescription drug abuse.

The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces of diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery and shines the light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

Following, a local film created through a collaboration between the Ad-Hoc Committee and Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES entitled Allegany County’s Voices of Addiction will bring the opioid crisis home and demonstrate the impact of heroin and opioid abuse in our small community.

“Hear from Allegany County residents living in active addiction, recovery and those who work and care about them through a locally filmed documentary,” explained Helen Evans, Associate Director at Ardent Solutions, Inc. “Learn how the battle of opioid addiction has impacted the lives of individuals and families right in our very own backyards.”

After viewing the films, a panel discussion featuring local professionals will further provide insight as to the local problem of prescription drug and heroin abuse and how we, as a community, need to work together to overcome this crisis. Informational resource tables will be available to introduce community members to local organizations and agencies working to help those in addiction and recovery.

This event is made possible through the generous donations from the Wellsville BPO Elks, Wellsville Lions Club and through a private donation from Legislator Kevin LaForge.

For further information regarding the Community Forum or other Heroin and Opioid Abuse Ad-Hoc Committee activities, please contact Ms. Evans at 585-593-5223, ext. 1011.