LCSO: H.E.R.O. Presentation
Written by WBTA STAFF on February 27, 2018
H.E.R.O. Program: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces that on February 15, 2018 the H.E.R.O (Heroin Education, Resisting Opiates) Program was provided to youth of Livingston County.
This is the third year of presenting this program which began with students from the Dansville School District receiving the program. The program continues to grow with seniors from every high school in Livingston County invited to attend. This year’s event took place at the Wadsworth Auditorium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, where approximately 600 students attended the program. To date, over 1,000 students have received this program.
The goal of the program is to educate the students on the “real Life” dangers of heroin and opiate use.
The program was moderated by Dansville High School Principal Tom Frazier. The students heard emotional and powerful presentations from parents who have lost children to a heroin overdose, Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty, a Livingston County Jail inmate who has had been incarcerated due to heroin addiction, a recovering addict who is currently in counseling, the Dansville School drug and alcohol counselor, and a mock ambulance call by the Livingston County EMS representing a heroin overdose.
Sheriff Dougherty would like to thank the school districts for their commitment to educate their students to the opiate crisis. Sheriff Dougherty would also like to acknowledge the Dansville Central School District, Livingston County EMS, parent and family victims, Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse of Livingston County, and the SUNY Geneseo Staff for their support and planning of the program.