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New York Congressman Paul Tonko is hoping to build on a brief conversation with the president this week as part of the ongoing battle against opioids.

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a non-profit organization of the same name.

Nine years later, "To Write Love on Her Arms" is a leader in suicide prevention and serves as a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide. Now, Jamie’s writing is available in book form.

The new book is: If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For which is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide.

A group in Warren and Washington Counties is still trying to establish a center for recovering addicts after negative reaction from neighbors ruled out one prospective location.

A nationwide initiative today is encouraging people to clean the household medicine cabinet of old drugs. People can go to local police stations, schools, and community centers to dispose of  unwanted medicines.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christy Geffin, the program coordinator in the Northwestern District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts.

Office of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione

Medical and mental health professionals, members of law enforcement, educators and drug rehabilitation providers will all be represented as the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opiod Addiction will hold a public forum tomorrow in the Capital Region. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Bulmer Tele-Communications Center at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The task force chair, State Senator Phil Boyle, a republican from Long Island will lead the forum along with local State Senator, republican Kathy Marchione, from Halfmoon, who says the Heroin problem in a law enforcement and public health issue.

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Washington County law enforcement officials are pushing for more community awareness of drug abuse and addiction through more oversight of pharmacies.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says there are a lot of misconceptions about drug abuse and the reality of highly-addictive methamphetamines.