Addicted? All you have to do is call

Bracelets remind those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction that help is out there


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Commissioner Matt Osterberg shows a bracelet that he says will help people struggling with addiction to remember that help is out there for them (Photo by Anya Tikka)



By Anya Tikka

— Pike County Commissioners Chair Matt Osterberg held up rubber bracelets with a message: “Recovery is possible."

The bracelets are part of an effort to remind those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol know that help is available.

“The idea behind this is that when the person who’s addicted, at that one moment when they reach out, they turn it upside down, and it has an 800 number to call," Osterberg said.

The number on the bracelets is 1-866-824-3578. The answering service is available 24 hours a day, he said.

“These bracelets are meant to be given out to individuals if you recognize someone who’s suffering from the effects of addiction," he said. "I’ve personally handed out a hundred of these.”

He said he distributed them to the leaders of a local 12-step program, who handed them out to their members. He urged everyone who knows someone with an addiction problem to give them out.

Osterberg said the bracelets will be distributed to the emergency crews who deal with those who have overdosed.

“They can slip those over the person’s arm, and once they are awake the next morning, they can see it and know help is available," he stressed. “It’s another effort to bring awareness, to help those who are addicted. They can possibly save this, and stop all this suffering that’s going on around. “It’s little things but little things mean big things when someone’s life if in danger.”

Another Reality Tour, a drug addiction education program that helps parents recognize the signs of addiction in their children, will be coming in the fall too, Osterberg said.

Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Glass-front chalet with privacy and lake access
— A perfect year-round home or vacation get-away, this chalet has a charming rustic ambience with wood beamed vaulted ceilings...
Read more »
Image

Joseph P. Gaynor dies at age 90
Joseph P. Gaynor died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. He was 90.
He was born on March 16, 1927, and grew up in Jackson Heights, N.Y.,...

Read more »
Image

Ronald E. Chamberlain of Blooming Grove, Pa., dies at age 44
Ronald E. Chamberlain of Blooming Grove Township, Pa., died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at his home. He was 44.
Son of Ronald F. Chamberlain and Carol Hamel Chamberlain, he was...

Read more »

Lena M. Tuite of Milford, Pa., dies at age 59
Lena M. Tuite, 59, of Milford, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Newton Hospital, Newton, N.J.
Daughter of the late James and Eleanor (Casale) Tuite, she was...

Read more »

VIDEOS



* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Local News
Slide away
  • Jan 21, 2018
Ask The Expert
Water Expert Andy Ball: Slimy Water
  • Jan 21, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA