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    Carmel, N.Y. – (11/20/2013) – Senator Greg Ball presented both the Salomone family of Mahopac and Christiansen family of Somers with New York State Senate Proclamations on Tuesday night to recognize their work raising local awareness about drug abuse.

    The two families, both of which recently lost a son to drug overdoses, were honored for hosting a series of forums titled, Drug Crisis In Our Backyard. The purpose of the forums are to promote local awareness and provide resources and support to those individuals and their families affected by drug addiction.

    “The Salomone and Christiansen families have been through extraordinarily difficult times and are to be applauded for truly doing God’s work. On behalf of the entire community and on behalf of the families and parents currently struggling with this horrific battle I salute these great families for their continuing efforts to raise awareness about this epidemic,” Senator Ball said.“I have worked with my colleagues to recently pass and enact a piece of legislation aimed at curbing local drug abuse, but we must do much, much more. Families like the Salomones and Christiansens have drawn attention to this once taboo issue and have undoubtedly saved many lives through prevention, education and support without ever really knowing the extent of their positive impact, which is far, widespread and appreciated by all.”

    The awards dinner was hosted by the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge, a non-profit organization part of the National Fraternal Order of Police, which is the largest Police Organization in the World with over 300,000 members representing Law Enforcement on the Federal, State and Local level. The Driscoll Lodge is one of the largest lodges in New York State with close to 1000 members representing over 60 Law Enforcement agencies.

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