Here is a YouTube video of the complete 9/17/12 meeting of Northampton’s Committee on Social Services & Veterans Affairs (click for the agenda). This video is 2 hour 10 minutes long and was recorded by Mary Likins.
A discussion of heroin abuse at Northampton High School begins at 1:25:25 on the video. The committee hears from Susan Stubbs and Michael Tremblay of ServiceNet. Tremblay reports that there’s “a big uptick in clients between the ages of 18 and 24 in the last year…a lot of heroin addicts…they’re coming from middle class, upper middle class families, and it has made them homeless…”
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“If there were a drug problem, I’d be happy to have the City Council talk about it, but I really don’t think there is a substantial drug problem in Northampton,” Reckman said.
Plassmann, who mentioned that one of her teenage sons told her he came into contact with drugs in a Northampton High School bathroom, said she thought it was time to confront the issue and stop “sweeping the problem under the rug.”