St. Lawrence County approves deals to aid in opioid awareness event in Waddington
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 6:01 pm

BY ANDY GARDNER
North Country This Week

CANTON -- The St. Lawrence County legislature on Aug. 5 signed deals to allow an opioid awareness event to take place in Waddington at the end of the month.

They voted to spend $8,700 on a contract with Tony Hoffman. He is a former pro BMX racer who will tell his story of drug addiction and recovery. He will be paid out of a $72,000 grant the county received from the state Department of Health to help address opioid issues.

The board also signed contracts with the New York Power Authority for the use of Whittaker Park, and the Village of Waddington for use of the nearby civic center as a rain location.

There will be free busing available from Massena and Ogdensburg to and from the event. Legislator James Reagen, R-Ogdensburg, said the county in advance will be "publicizing how people can access public transportation to attend the event and I want to thank Public Health for addressing that."

The county board also voted to accept $650 in donations toward a petting zoo and inflatables. The cash came from Alltech Integrations, LDR Motion Systems and The Yoga Studio.

In addition to Hoffman’s presentation, several local families will also share their experiences with substance use and there will be a dedication balloon launch.

Event organizers suggest attendees bring their own blanket and a lawn chair.

The event is a smoke free event and will have designated smoking areas.

Seaway Valley Prevention Council, Reality Check, and St. Lawrence County Partners 4 Substance Use Prevention are hosting the program.