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Chairman’s Corner: Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition website

July 10, 2019 11:38 am Updated: July 10, 2019 11:44 am


Since the Columbia County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s Opioid Epidemic Response Plan in April 2017, the effort to raise awareness of issue and eliminate the destructive force opioids have become has continued to develop.

With that in mind, I am pleased to announce the latest weapon in helping to address the scourge of opioid addiction: the launching of the Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition website. The site is located at

This critical service is designed to provide residents of Columbia and Greene Counties with information about the wide variety of resources in and around our community for preventing, treating, and supporting recovery from addiction.

The site:

n contains information about the disease of addiction and addresses some common myths and misconceptions about it

n identifies different drugs of abuse and signs of addiction

n provides guidance to parents and caregivers about communicating with children and adolescents about drug and/or alcohol abuse and addiction

An example of the information found on the Addiction Coalition’s website includes such critical information as to how the signs of addiction might be recognized:

“How can you begin recognizing the signs of addiction? Look for a noticeable change in behavior or a sharp change in how your family interacts with each other/the loved one in question may have already occurred — something definitely feels off but you can’t quite pinpoint it yet. Unfortunately, many times these scenarios mean that someone in your life has an addiction, and the more information you have about their routines and changes in attitude, the more likely you are to recognize the signs of addiction.”

Behavioral changes may include money issues, reckless driving, appetite changes, inappropriate laughter, and more, along with changes in health and personality.

A more detailed list of changes that may be exhibited in individuals can be found on the Addiction Coalition website.

Also featured is a calendar of events, which highlights opportunities for interested individuals to learn more and do more about addiction in our community.

A resource map pinpoints addiction recovery centers, food pantries, syringe disposal kiosks, family care centers, recovery group meetings, and more around the Columbia-Greene region.

As the website points out, addiction not only impacts the person with an addiction, but often has a strong influence on the lives of their friends and family as well. To that end, the site features a strong family support section, which offers an extensive listing of family support organizations.

The website is jointly funded by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, the Greene County Legislature and the Healthcare Consortium, and developed with the input of the Addiction Coalition’s many member.

Of course, there is more than I can detail in this space. Take a few minutes and give the site a look. The knowledge gained may one day save the life of someone close to you.

Reach Matt Murell at