In January of 2015, Kristin Harrison- an Easton parent - lost her young niece to a heroin overdose. Like many of her peers, the path to heroin started with the early use of alcohol and marijuana. The family struggled without local resources and feared judgment within the town. Simultaneously, Easton residents were using Facebook to discuss the issue. Many public commenters were misinformed about the realities of youth substance abuse. Kristin began a mission to educate others, initially through a Facebook page.
Over 2.5 years later, Easton Wings of Hope is recognized as the official youth substance abuse prevention coalition in Easton. Endlessly working to reduce youth substance abuse through education, awareness, and policy change, EWOH is hoping to further reduce youth substance abuse rates in Easton with its newly acquired federal Drug Free Communities grant.
Easton Wings of Hope and its Steering Committee are eager to work with Easton residents and other pertinent stakeholders to make positive changes to in the community and combat youth initiation to substances.