Several community organizations will be present at the fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer information about the state Good Samaritan Law, the effects of substances such as opioids and synthetic drugs, treatment options, service providers, and other resources for people affected by substance use. The fair is a family-friendly event with free activities for kids, crafts, prizes and drawings. Admission is free.
The Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Team is a partnership of community members, law enforcement, public health officials, and treatment providers who are working together to expand substance use treatment programs and increase public awareness and prevention services in Oswego County. The team works with a variety of partners across Central New York.
Teresa Woolson, founder of the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation (VOW), chairs the Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Team. Woolson organized the VOW Foundation following the death of her son, Victor Orlando Woolson, from a fatal reaction to synthetic marijuana. She is a vocal advocate for stronger legislation against synthetic drugs and has organized the SAFE Fair for the past five years.
“The SAFE Fair is a great opportunity to educate our community about the dangers of drug use,” said Greg Oakes, Oswego County District Attorney. “The DA’s office is proud to work with the VOW Foundation to support its prevention efforts. I appreciate all of the community partners who participate each year, and I commend Teresa for her dedication.”
The VOW Foundation was named in honor of Victor Woolson who died at the young age of 19, in August 2012, from a fatal reaction to synthetic marijuana, also known as K2/Spice. He purchased the product, which was packaged as incense, legally at a store in Oswego after bans were in place by the Health Department, the federal government and the State of New York.
Several community organizations will participate in the SAFE Fair, including AA, Al-Anon, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, ARISE, Inc., Catholic Charities, County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Central Region Addiction Resource Center, Creekside Counseling Services, Oswego County District Attorney’s Office and Drug Task Force, Oswego County Health Department, Farnham Family Services, Harbor Lights Chemical Dependency Services, Hillside Family of Agencies, ICP of Oswego County, Reality Check, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, New Vision Health Program, OCO, OCPC, YC3, Oswego City Police Department, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Oswego County STOP DWI, Oswego County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Oswego County Mental Hygiene Division, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego YMCA, Phoenix HOPE, Baldwinsville Addiction Awareness, Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Young Living, Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County, Rural Health Network and more.
In addition to the VOW Foundation and the Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Team, the SAFE Fair is sponsored by Assemblyman Will Barclay, Barbara and Morris Sorbello, Exelon Generation, Jones Hacker Murphy LLP, Mystic Music, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Farnham Family Services, Fulton Savings Bank, News Channel 9, Oswego Sunrise Rotary, Eastern Shore Associates, the Fulton Companies, BioSpherix, IHeartOswego, Central Region Addiction Resource Center, PathFinder Bank, InterFace Solutions, EJ Construction, and Eagle Beverage Company.
For information on the VOW Foundation visit https://www.vow-foundation.org/
For information on Central New York resources to fight addiction and reduce the stigma of opioid addiction, visit the Central Region Addiction Resource Center at https://cr-arc.org/.