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Seaford Community Takes Stand Against Heroin Through Outreach

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SEAFORD, Del.- People in Seaford are taking a stand against a growing heroin problem in the area. An outreach event is planned for Saturday to help people struggling with an addiction turn their lives around.

John Rittenhouse of Seaford has witnessed firsthand the effects of heroin. He said his youngest son, who is 24-years-old, is struggling with a heroin addiction.

"He had a good job, he moved out ; we were having the empty nest with no syndrome. Life was pretty good," Rittenhouse said. "All of a sudden he lost his Jeep and needed some help with that, so we loaned him some money." 

"So, it [addiction] started with needing resources," Rittenhouse said. It was hard for he and his wife to accept. 

" At first you don't believe it.," he said. "We spent two years helping him, which only made it worse."

Jim Martin is executive director of the A.C.E. Center, which serves addicts, the homeless and others. He said several clients have stopped by for services stemming from a heroin addiction.

" It doesn't matter what color, what age , what socio-economic class you are. If you are addicted, it's bringing you down," Martin said. 

Rittenhouse and Martin are among several organizers behind an event called Shift Destiny. The event will take place Saturday from 12:30-6 p.m. behind the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center on Stein Highway in Seaford. The event is part of an ongoing effort to find and serve people who need help. 

"It's going to be a day of celebration, a day of hope and will be capped by several different ministers giving an invitation to help," Rittenhouse said.

 Organizers will spend a couple of days passing out flyers in different parts of town, leading up to the event. 

 

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