FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
County Executive MaryEllen Odell on Deaths of Four Young Men in Putnam:
Our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by the tragic deaths of four young men in Putnam County suspected of having died from drug overdoses over the last few days. While I cannot comment on the continuing investigation by local law enforcement and medical authorities, we do know from past experience that drug overdoses are often accidental and can occur at any time.
We have many resources in Putnam County for individuals and families who want to get help in preventing substance abuse as well as resources for those who are chemically dependent. Everyone, especially Putnam’s parents, should be aware of the dangers of prescription pill abuse among young people. Evident warning signs of possible chemical dependency in our youngsters include failing in school, becoming socially withdrawn, and changes in behavior.
Putnam’s Crisis Hotline (225-1222) is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Operated by United Way’s 2-1-1 program, it can connect those in need of treatment with three local chemical dependency treatment agencies: Putnam Family and Community Services, 1808 Brewster Avenue in Carmel (845) 225-2700; Naura Slavinsky at Arms Acres on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel (845) 225-3400; and St. Christopher’s Inn at Graymoor on Route 9 in Garrison (800) 424-0027.
In addition our Communities That Care Coalition ( CTC) provides community education and information regarding alcohol and substance abuse and is a wonderful resource for children and families. CTC is located at 2 Church St. in Carmel. (845) 225- 4646.