Port Jervis, NY (May 27) – On Monday evening, May 19, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, hosted a “Ladies and Gents Night Out” dinner lecture on the topic of Street Drugs. Approximately 120 guests attended the event, which was held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.
The Ladies and Gents program is a mirror of the Ladies Night Out Program which the hospital has hosted for over a decade. The registration fee of $15 is donated directly back to the community and in this case $1605.00 was raised and given to the Port Jervis DARE Program, to support their efforts in educating youth in the school district about the dangers of substance abuse.
The hospital had recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Mental Health Department and a quarter century of its New Directions Unit. The purpose of this particular “Ladies and Gents Night Out” was to join together as a community against drug abuse.
Dinner seminars, sponsored by Bon Secours Community Hospital, are designed to mix fun with enhanced community health through knowledge. That evening, the presentation on this critical topic was given by Detective Michael Worden of the Port Jervis Police Department.
“There are several messages I want attendees to take away from the presentation,” said Detective Worden. “First is to recognize that drug abuse and addiction is not just a police problem, it is a community problem. And as such, it takes a community to help solve the many issues that underlie abuse and addiction.”
Worden explained that aggressive law enforcement was part of that along with recognizing the problem and putting together community partnerships. He stressed that the problem of drugs in this area is part of a national epidemic.
“Too often I hear comments like, ‘There is nothing here except drugs,” he said. “Trust me, there are places far worse off than Port Jervis and the tri-state area. The drug problem is a national crisis and we are symptomatic of that crisis.”
Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, has been treating mental illness for 20 years and providing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction, including “New Directions,” a detoxification program, for over 25 years.
The hospital provides behavioral health services not just for Port Jervis, but for the tri-state area including all of Orange County, the surrounding counties and adjacent states.
“Bon Secours Community Hospital is proud to have worked with the Port Jervis Police in bringing this important presentation to the community,” said Mary Decker, regional marketing manager for the Bon Secours Charity Health System. “We thank the attendees for their continued support of these programs and for their part in helping to support the local DARE program.”
For additional information call (845) 858–7120 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org