“The Ugly Truth”

Commack Coalition of Caring &
Suffolk County Police department, 4th Precinct
“The Ugly Truth”
Commack High School
February 3, 201 5
7: 00 p. m.
Although we have all read the headlines and heard about heroin in our neighborhoods and the easy access to
powerful prescription medication, we rarely hear The Ugly Truth behind these headlines. Come spend the evening
hearing from families who have lived this life, law enforcement and medical personnel who see the consequences of
drug abuse and treatment professionals trying to help those impacted by addictions.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention- Lewis
Dr. Andrew Kolodny,
Chief Medical Officer, Phoenix House
Nationally recognized psychiatrist, public health advocate and expert in the opioid addiction epidemic,
Dr. Kolodny has spent his career treating and advocating for those impacted by addiction. He is also the
Director of PROP: Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.
Other Distinguished Speakers Include:
A mother and son who have lived the nightmare of addictions
A police officer involved in community and prevention programs
A medical examiner responsible for exams of individuals who have overdosed
An expert in insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment
Representatives from various substance abuse treatment agencies and youth agencies will be available to provide
information to families. Private consultation will also be available for those needing additional information. For
more information, call Debbie Virga at (631) 858-3623. To register for the forum, please go to