*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****
DATE: October 22, 2017
Saratoga Springs Public Library
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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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“Sheer Madness” Author Andrew McKenna to Speak at Educational Event on The Opioid Epidemic
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (October 21, 2017) – Author of “Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prison”, addiction consultant, public speaker and Vertava Health Northeast Market Director Andrew McKenna will join the New York State Reform Party and Supervisor Candidate John Safford at the Saratoga Springs Public Library Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1pm EST at an event aimed at motivating people to rise above adversity and live the lives they deserve.
A long-time advocate for millions in recovery, McKenna will speak along with Candidate John Safford at the event hosted by the New York State Reform Party.
Andrew McKenna joins Vertava Health’ Business Development team as the Northeast Market Director, based out of Albany, New York. As a former attorney and notable author, Andrew is also in recovery from opioid addiction. He has gained national media exposure for his memoir Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner, and discussion of addiction and prison reform. Having fought a near deadly battle with painkiller and heroin addictions, Andrew says it is his passion to educate others through speaking engagements and media, as well as one on one encounters, and to advocate for quality treatment opportunities. Andrew’s family includes his wife Dawn, sons Aidan, Will and Quinn, and stepchildren Asjeah and Aiara. In his free time, Andrew enjoys writing, painting and playing and spending time with his children.
Saratoga Springs Drug Facts:
- 6 heroin-related overdoses have been recorded by city police this year, which is already the total amount of overdoses for the entirety of 2015, according to Lt. Robert Jillson with Saratoga Springs Police.
- In both 2015 and 2016, one of those overdoses were fatal.
- In 2014, 9 people overdosed on heroin, resulting in 3 deaths.
- Overdose deaths in New York State
- In 2014, there were more than 118,000 admissions into New York State-certified treatment programs for heroin and prescription opioid abuse – a 17.8% increase over 2009.
- The largest increase in opioid admissions during that time was patients ages 18-34
*NOTE: The Saratoga Springs Public Library is not a sponsor of this event. Accommodating the public meeting space is not an endorsement for Andrew McKenna, The New York State Reform Party, nor Supervisor Candidate John Safford*