New state initiative to use community to fight substance abuse

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

The opioid epidemic has gripped the city for years, and now the state is hoping local communities can play a part in a new initiative to combat drug abuse.

One million dollars in funding has been put toward youth clubhouses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. 

The clubhouses will be safe havens for recovery and peer support to help struggling New Yorkers shy away from substance abuse. Some recovery centers are looking to add staff to help youth deal with the emotional aspect of drug and alcohol abuse.

Officials say the clubhouses are not clinical treatment programs, but they are expected to be the first line of defense in the state's war on drugs.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."