Norwalk Holds Community Forum On Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse

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Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will attend a community forum on heroin and prescription drug abuse on Tuesday, April 29.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will attend a community forum on heroin and prescription drug abuse on Tuesday, April 29. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Human Services Council will host a community forum to discuss heroin and prescription drug abuse on Tuesday, April 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik will join the Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition to discuss the risks and consequences of opioid use and help brainstorm solutions.

According to the Human Services Council, there were 257 heroin-related deaths in Connecticut in 2013 and the death total for 2014 is already at 70 percent of that number. 

RSVP to Tracey George at tgeorge@hscct.org or at 203-849-1111, ext. 3006. Lunch will be served.

The Norwalk Human Services Council is located at 1 Park St.

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We can start addressing the problem by admitting the reality that Heroin and other drug issues come hand in hand with urbanization. The bigger we get, the more low income & projects we have, the more drug dealers & gang activity we have. Simple solution? Stop catering to and attracting the sort of people who bring this stuff in. Reduce low income units & projects. Create a ten year plan reducing municipal, low income & housing projects until drugs and violent crime are on par with our neighbors instead of comparing us to big cities. We have a choice and its not too late. We can keep Norwalk a good place to live and IMPROVE it, or we can continue competing with Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford and others in a downward spiral. Norwalk doesn't NEED to become a cesspool, but its where we are headed.