Staneski, is the co-founder and past president, member of the Milford Prevention Council and is an ardent supporter of the work done by the Connecticut Prevention Network in their fight against drug and addiction prevention.
CPN discussed the development of a Regional Opioid Work Plans used to mobilize communities to address the state-wide epidemic of opiate abuse and overdose deaths. There were 273 fatal heroin overdoses in Connecticut in 2014, an increase from 257 in 2013.
According the CPN the abuse of heroin is becoming a serious problem in middle class Connecticut communities because it’s inexpensive.
Staneski mentioned how in the last few years Milford has had a growing heroin epidemic in which has claimed two lives and two dealers have been arrested by federal authorities.
Staneski said, “Community and local partnerships are the most effective way to keep drugs and alcohol out of the hands of our children. We need to support their mission.”
The Connecticut Prevention Network an association of the state’s 13 community partnership Regional Action Councils (RACs) that work to provide local communities with education, training, and advocacy for substance abuse prevention and related community concerns such as violence, teen pregnancy, drunk driving, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and suicide.