New Visions students gain perspective on opioid epidemic

Students in the BOCES 2 New Visions program learned about the opioid epidemic from those who see its effect every day. The class hosted law enforcement officials and a local counselor as part of their health career exploration program at Monroe Community Hospital.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Gregory and Investigator Ed Bernabei spoke to the class about the epidemic’s impact on people they see through the legal system. They talked about lives ruined and the risk of violence associated with criminal drug trade. Counselor Keith Greer spoke of the challenges those suffering from substance use disorder face in breaking their addiction and leading a healthy lifestyle. Students learned it can be a lifelong battle that often started with recreational drug use that quickly grew out of control.

New Visions is a one-year career exploration program that provides highly motivated seniors with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into career options from a real-world perspective. Area businesses, colleges, health care and government facilities provide the setting for immersed learning in a career field of interest to the student.