RYE, N.Y. -- Organizers of a recent community forum on heroin and other opiates were surprised to learn that 82 percent of the people in the audience at Rye High School did not think their children were using the drugs, according to lohud.com.
"That statistic screamed out to me. It's a warning sign," said Steven Salomone, whose group, Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, helped organize the Wednesday public forum. Salomone and his wife, Susan, founded the group after losing a son to overdose in 2012, lohud.com reports.
The event featured other parents who lost children to drugs and the Rye Police Chief Michael Corcoran, who told audience members that they have to accept the fact that heroin is in the community. The presentation included tips for parents on spotting drug use and finding help, lohud.com says.