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Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner and founder of Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab as well as the Cove Center for Recovery adult drug rehab took her drug prevention message on the road to the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Freehold, New Jersey.

MECA’s mission is to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and is committed to creating a substance abuse free environment in its community. MECA accomplishes its goal by empowering the community through awareness and education of alcoholism and drug abuse to effectuate positive change. The Alliance is part of a statewide effort aimed at the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

And who better to speak about raising awareness about drug and alcohol abuse than Corcoran-Walsh, who is in the front-line of this problem that is growing at dizzying proportions as the owner of both a teen and adult drug rehab. Her speech was welcomed relief from a town located in Monmouth County that had among the state’s highest increases in heroin deaths in 2014 according to the Middletown Patch newspaper.

Corcoran-Walsh cited that Monmouth County had among New Jersey’s highest percentage increases in heroin overdose deaths in 2014, jumping 51 percent, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office. Furthermore, Monmouth County had 53 heroin deaths in 2014, an 89 percent increase from 2011, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

“If a parent sees that his son or daughter are suffering from behavioral problems and not meeting benchmarks like school grades, they should highly consider some type of treatment before an addiction actually materializes.”

Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Corcoran-Walsh stressed to those in attendance the importance of education, intervention, and early treatment for parent’s raising children and teens.

“A child or teen is not required to have an addiction in order to qualify for treatment,” said Corcoran-Walsh, an addiction media analyst. “If a parent sees that his son or daughter are suffering from behavioral problems and not meeting benchmarks like school grades, they should highly consider some type of treatment before an addiction actually materializes.”

Those in attendance at the presentation included principals, guidance counselors, parents, political officials, police and concerned residents.