County Executive Astorino unveils ‘Project WORTHY’ to fight addiction

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a new plan to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic during his State of the County address Thursday night. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a new plan to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic during his State of the County address Thursday night.
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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a new plan to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic during his State of the County address Thursday night.

"Project WORTHY" will help spot the warning signs of heroin and opioid abuse, according to Astorino. He says it will develop ways of heading off addiction before it starts.

As the executive director of the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Westchester, Joan Bonsignore has seen Westchester's opioid addiction problem firsthand and welcomes any help in fighting it.

"We hope the end result will be fewer young people needing to fix themselves...and make better choices," Bonsignore said.

Some residents in the area say that the program is needed because not enough is being done to protect youth in the area.

There has been no official word from the county executive's office on what implementing "Project WORTHY" might cost.

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