Look for the Signs of Opiate Abuse

Suzie and Gerald display the Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force display board: The Signs Someone You Care About Is Using Heroin
Suzie and Gerald display the Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force display board: The Signs Someone You Care About Is Using Heroin

The Minisink (NY) Kiwanis Club held a forum on Friday night called, Is Heroin Killing Our Kids?

The Kingfisher Project’s Julie Pisall was among the speakers. She gave a heart-wrenching account of her family’s story. Another young woman told of her brother’s death to a heroin overdose. A mother who is a bus driver in the district told how her son had been doing so well in recovery, then in just one lapse, died of a heroin overdose. People in recovery and who work in treatment also spoke.

Many people there wanted to learn more about the signs that someone might be using.

Above is the photo we took of the Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force display board or signs.

Here is a link to an audio recording of Suzie Frisch of the task force explaining the signs.

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Overdose Forum and Community Workshop This Thursday, July 30

An overdose forum and community solutions workshop is coming up this Thursday, July 30, in Sullivan County. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting this in their events gallery. The main presenter is Project Lazarus, all about community response to the heroin and opiates epidemic. The Kingfisher Project will be there. Also, we’re panning a live broadcast on WJFF 90.5 fm — Kingfisher broadcasting from the event from 2 -4 p.m. with a panel discussion. Come on over to participate. It’s open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m.

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March 9 Kingfisher Episode: Insurance Companies Have Wrongfully Denied Treatment Coverage

Insurance companies have been breaking the law in denying coverage to those battling substance abuse. That’s coming up this Monday night, March 9, at 8 p.m. on the Kingfisher Project as part of Making Waves on WJFF radio 90.5 FM (and streaming live at wjffradio.org) Kingfisher crew member Bill Williams will talk about the work of the New York State Attorney General’s office, bringing insurance companies to justice. [Find further resources on this issue here.]

Also on this segment of the Kingfisher Project, we’ll hear remarks made by Dr. Carlos Holden, head of the Catskill Regional Medical Center emergency department, as he updates the Sullivan County Legislature on the public health crisis posed by heroin and other narcotics abuse in the county. The Kingfisher calendar will also air details on several upcoming events connected to the battle against heroin and addiction. Tune in to WJFF 90.5 FM beginning at 8 p.m. Monday night to hear the latest Kingfisher Project.

Breaking News: Innovation Award for The Kingfisher Project!

The Kingfisher Project at WJFF has been named the winner of the 2015 Innovation Award at the Nonprofit Leadership Summit at Bethel Woods.
The Kingfisher Project at WJFF has been named the winner of the 2015 Innovation Award at the Nonprofit Leadership Summit at Bethel Woods.

Here is an account from the Times Herald-Record:

    • Project about  heroin use wins top award

  • Kevin Gref, Julie Pisall and Jason Dole of WJFF-FM radio smile after winning the $5,000 Innovation Award, the top prize at the Non-Profit Leadership Summit on Wednesday.|

    Kevin Gref, Julie Pisall and Jason Dole of WJFF-FM radio smile after winning the $5,000 Innovation Award, the top prize at the Non-Profit Leadership Summit on Wednesday. Allyse Pulliam for the Times Herald-Record

  • By Andrew Beam
    Times Herald-Record

    Posted Mar. 4, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    BETHEL – Julie Pisall stood and hugged the folks from WJFF-FM radio when its project about the heroin epidemic in Sullivan County won top prize at the Non-Profit Leadership Summit on Wednesday.

    For Pisall, the Kingfisher Project – which puts a microphone in the hands of Sullivan residents whose lives are affected by drugs – is personal. It was created in memory of Pisall’s daughter, Rebecca, whose death was connected to heroin.

    The public radio station in Jeffersonville won the $5,000 Innovation Award for a project that exemplified the theme of the day at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – improving the quality of life in Sullivan County.

    The Kingfisher Project was one of three finalists for the award. The others were the Eat Healthy Sullivan County Farmers’ Market and the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition. Each received $500.

    The Eat Healthy Market – started by the county Maternity Infant Services-Network (MISN) – is meant to help those receiving Woman Infants and Children (WIC) benefits have access to better nutrition through local farmers’ markets. It also looks to get more of the vendors at the markets to accept WIC vouchers. The Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition – in partnership with Sullivan County Public Health Services and MISN – is pushing for more education on breastfeeding. It also helps new mothers learn how to breastfeed.

    But it was the Kingfisher Project that won a standing ovation. With the prize money, the radio station hopes to purchase more portable recording equipment so it can continue to record and broadcast public forums dealing with the drug crisis in Sullivan County, where 44 of every 10,000 deaths are drug-related – the third-highest rate of all New York counties.

    “We’re getting people to tell their own stories,” said WJFF program director Jason Dole.

    Linda Hartley, co-chair of the summit’s steering committee and head of Hartley Consulting, says the Innovation Award was created to honor organizations creating new ideas through strategic thinking and collaboration. The Kingfisher Project was an example of that goal.

    Pisall says she’s pleased to see people responding to the project and her daughter’s story. She hopes it can make a difference.

    “It makes families know they’re not alone when dealing with a family member or a loved one (who’s) an addict,” she said.

    abeam@th-record.com

Sullivan County Tip Lines

Two tip line numbers were given at the Jan. 31 Kingfisher Community Forum in Jeffersonville.

The tip lines protect sources of info as confidential.

To call in a tip to  the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office:

  • 845-807-0150

To call in a tip to the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office:

  • 845-794-3344