Woodstock group seeks to empower young people

Graduation from college with sky-high debt and few available jobs. The risk that fracking or oil pipelines will contaminate dwindling water resources. The prospect of environmental catastrophe caused by climate change. Is it so surprising, with this future to look forward to, that young people are escaping into heroin addiction and the overuse of prescription painkillers?

As Woodstock reels from the overdose deaths of several young residents in the past year, the issues of prevention and solution have been discussed in various local forums. “These kids are canaries in the coal mine. The community is in trouble,” said Rachel . . .

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