WATCH: This selfless nurse became an ADDICTION ANGEL to help heroin addicts and more!

September 11th, 2016|

Alicia Palermo-Reddy: A life-saver for those who’ve fallen for heroin on Staten Island

Alicia Palermo-Reddy, 47, a registered nurse who helps families struggling with addiction, has been chosen a 2016 Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement. Alicia Reddy's addiction helpline is always open. The registered nurse says she started fielding calls on her own a few years back from people struggling with drug problems and their families who were looking for support. At times, the demand could be overwhelming, but Reddy, 47, says she'd never ignore a call if it could mean saving a life. And she has saved numerous ones. Scrolling through her cellphone during a recent interview at her Huguenot home, where she lives with her husband and two children, Reddy read several thankful text messages from people who she has helped over the past few years. There's the 31-year-old father in recovery who she called every day while he went through detox, and a 27-year-old heroin addict who she helped [...]

September 11th, 2016|

Addiction Angel “Scared Straight” Drug Forum Delivers Powerful Message

At Addiction Angel events, Alicia Reddy consistently manages to draw hundreds of Staten Islanders to the South Shore for her addiction support groups inspiring program. The evening included heartbreaking stories told by families who have lost someone to addiction. Recovering drug users also spoke about the pitfalls of substance abuse. We are in a huge epidemic with heroin, Reddy said to nearly 200 people gathered in Tottenville High School on Thursday night. She says that up to 35 kids have died of a drug overdose on Staten Island since May. Scroll through the slideshow to watch powerful video from the event. Ryan Lavis | lavis@siadvance.com

September 11th, 2016|

House Expected to Approve $100m to Fight Drug Epidemic

On display at the Staten Island YMCA are quilts, with each patch representing a child whose life has been affected by drug abuse. It's part of a program teaching kids how to cope with addiction problems in the family. Jacqueline Filis, executive director at the YMCA, says more resources are needed to treat recovering addicts. "The availability of medication assisted treatment,” said Filis. “At the Y, we believe that treatment is supported by medication.” She says numbers also tell a strong story about the prescription drug and heroin addiction epidemic in the borough. "We're losing one person every four days as a result of overdose,” she said. “In our services we serve about 300 people." Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan and other officials visited the Y Monday, to announce the House is expected to pass a wide-ranging bill -- to fight the problem. “We don't win this battle if we [...]

September 11th, 2016|

Substance Abuse in Colleges

Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise in colleges. Peer pressure, competition, and anxiety are pushing young minds towards substance abuse. For teenagers, the idea of college life is fascinating. They perceive it to be a life of freedom, endless parties, and friendly teachers. While there certainly are “party schools”, colleges and universities with regular frat and sorority parties going on all the time, and teachers even attending these, are not the norm. When faced with a reality where life at college is full of hard work, competition, and challenges, students become stressed and are often unnerved by events surrounding them. Coping with This Challenge Coping with the reality of the adult expectations at college can be a daunting task; especially for students who haven’t had to deal with serious challenges in their life. When the going gets tough they turn to external substances to help them cope up [...]

September 11th, 2016|