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Town Hall Meeting on Heroin

Oxford, with a population of about 5,000 (2010), isn’t a huge town. But even here, heroin is a topic that has touched citizens and one they want to know more about. The Kennett Paper reported attendance at a town hall meeting last week that brought a large crowd. Everyone from teens to seniors showed up to find out what’s happening and what will be done about the heroin scourge.

This follows the death of 23-year-od Kacie Rumford, a 2007 graduate of Kennet High School, from a heroin overdose. Others in her class have followed similar paths, and drug addiction in Oxford has become a real concern.

Oxford Mayor Geoff Henry organized the meeting and Kacie’s story was part of it. Her father, Andy Rumford spoke about the evils of heroin addiction and how it killed his daughter. The Mayor shared that at the end of a previous meeting, Mr. Rumford had told him, “My daughter used to make frequent trips to your borough to buy heroin."

If there is one redeeming factor to consider, it’s how a community can draw together to fight against a problem. Hopefully, the tragedy of Kacie’s death will spurn others to take action and intervene in those lives where they can make a difference.

To learn more about Kacie and what’s going on with heroin in our state, you can visit the website put up in her honor - http://www.kaciescause.com. There you will find copies of news reports at the time as well as a heroin helpline and tips to spot heroin use in those you love. The latter is important, because Kacie’s drug use was concealed, and the first her parents became aware of it was after her death.

There is also contact information on the website if you would like to arrange a town hall meeting in your area.

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