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Voices for the Voiceless

Family members get resources on how to deal with loved ones addicted to drugs.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Family members get resources on how to deal with loved ones addicted to drugs.

Just within the last week we've had several drug busts in Blair and Cambria counties and the Attorney General just called it an urgent public health crisis.

Bo Latchford told an Altoona crowd about his addiction to cocaine and how addiction affected his family for generations. His faith helped him get clean and stay clean.

Other speakers told the crowd that there were many paths for someone to get clean but the addict has to be ready to do so. They also said family members can love someone who is addicted and still take a hard line with them, because there's a fine line between helping and enabling.

Judy Rosser of Blair County Drug and Alcohol told parents to trust their gut and if they think they’re doing more harm than good, it is time to back off. She talked to the crowd about addiction resources for the addict and the family.

Now Latchford runs a program at the Second Avenue Methodist Church every Wednesday to help keep kids clean. And he told the crowd to keep hope in their families that God can heal them.

The meeting was called Voices for the Voiceless and they plan to have more meetings like this in the future.
Blair County Drug and Alcohol has more resources to help families deal with addiction.
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