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Withers says treatment needs to be given as early as possible to confirmed opiate drug addicts...

Treatment was one of three key areas addresed during today's two follow-up forums to last March's County-wide Community Drug Forum.  Monday morning's forum was held at Jamestown Community College's Carnahan Center in Jamestown.  One of the presenters... Dr. Dave Withers... works with the Marworth Treatment Center in Virginia.  Treatment has come to the forefront in the area with last week's major drug sweep in Jamestown where 41 accused Heroin traffickers were arrested.  Officials believe there will be an increase in people seeking treatment.  Withers says addiction is a bigger problem among the pediatric and adolscent age groups because their brain's are still developing.  He says treating the problem by the time he gets them means you're dealing with those who are "terminally addicted."  Withers primarily works with adult addicts at the Marworth Center.  He showed the approximately 70 people on hand Monday morning a slide with two children... one that is "huffing" a substance... and, another is smoking some kind of drug.  Withers pointed to one who seems to be having a good time... and, is more likely to "take chances" for enjoyment despite the risks.  The second forum was at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk.

City man arrested for heroin, hypodermic needle possession during traffic stop in Jamestown... 
A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly being in possession of Heroin... and, a loaded hypodermic needle during routine traffic stop on the city's southside Sunday morning.  Jamestown Police say they stopped 28 year-old Ryan Bloom of Broadhead Avenue just before 10:30 a.m. for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.  During the investigation... officers say they found the loaded hypodermic needle... and, four baggies of heroin inside the car.  Bloom was arrested... and, charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment.


Gerry Rodeo's final day runs weather spectrum...

Despite weather issues a couple of times... about 5,700 people attended last week's five performances of the 70th annual Gerry Rodeo.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley... who says about 750 people were on hand for the final show at 8 p.m. Saturday... following a severe thunderstorm.  Cooley says Saturday featured weather extremes... with sunshine and ideal arena conditions greeting the fans and competitors for the 2 p.m. matinee.  However... the storm hit shortly before the evening competition turned the arena into a sea of mud.  Cooley says the differences did not prevent the fans from seeing some outstanding efforts with a number of the pro cowboys and cowgirls moving up in the standings in their events.  He adds that Head chef Bruce Gustafson reported that almost 3,000 barbeque beef dinners were served.  The rodeo is a major fund-raiser for the Gerry Fire Department.

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