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Drug forum held in Chautauqua

MAYVILLE – The second Chautauqua County Drug Treatment Forum was held Monday at the Chautauqua Suites and Expo Center.

Chautauqua County Executive Vincent Horrigan said that there were 268 people who attended the sessions which included presentations by several professionals in the field of drug and alcohol treatment.

Horrigan said parents and family members came to support the idea of additional needed services in the county. “There were emotional stories,” said Horrigan. Among the family members were parents of the Christin Tibbets, 23, of Fredonia, who died of a heroin overdose in February.

Horrigan said that he hopes that a program supported by WCA Hospital in Jamestown will get funding. “They have a possibility for 50 beds,” he said. The plan would be for 25 in-patient beds and 25 more spaces for people in need of supportive transitional housing while in recovery.

“It was very positive an I am encouraged,” said Horrigan. He said he hopes state leaders help with funding for more services in the county.