POESTENKILL, N.Y. -- Reducing the heroin epidemic was the topic of a forum in Rensselaer County on Monday night.
Members of the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department, and county addiction care specialists gathered at the fire department in Poestenkill. They discussed the issue of heroin becoming widespread across local communities.
The forum follows several high profile arrests and overdoses in the Capital Region in recent months. Leaders say it's important for people to realize how common heroin has become.
"This is in every community, a lot of people think this is a inner city problem and it's not. We're here talking to folks in Averill Park, Poestenkill, and areas all over the region, this is everywhere," said Keith Brown, the executive director of Project Safe Point.
Addiction care specialists say it's important to talk with children about the dangers of heroin from a young age. The event was sponsored by Rage Against Alcohol and Drugs.