To the Editor:

By some estimates, more than two-thirds of American families have been touched by addiction, yet the stigma remains. Many of those affected remain silent out of fear, shame, or embarrassment. I urge Trumbull residents to end the stigma around substance abuse, and bring this issue into the light.

On Tuesday, April 26, the Trumbull community is invited to attend "Trumbull Shares: A Panel Presentation on Substance Abuse." This important event will offer a Trumbull perspective on the issue of substance abuse, through a panel presentation and resource fair. Speakers will include local experts and residents who have been impacted by addiction, and state legislators will be on hand to answer questions about proposed policy changes. The resource fair will provide information on the supports and services for those who may be currently dealing with this issue in their families.

Many families in Trumbull have been touched by the tragedy of addiction, yet there is hope. We can offer help to those already afflicted by substance abuse disorders, and support and educate our youth to prevent future addictions. Please join us for this important presentation on April 26th at 7 p.m. at the McClinch Family Center at St. Catherine of Siena Church (the resource fair will begin at 6:30).
Melissa McGarry
Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking & Drugs (TPAUD)