Ulster substance-abuse program aims to expand

By Pauline Liu Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 12/05/13   KINGSTON — When a fake ID and pot possession landed her briefly behind bars last year, 20-year-old SUNY New Paltz sophomore Madeleine Laser had an awakening. “I never saw myself sitting in a jail cell,” said Laser, a dean’s list student from East Meadow, Long Island. “I don’t like calling myself an addict, but I do believe that I had a dependency on substances for stress relief,” she added. According to Laser, it was her second arrest that year. Her previous arrest was for possession of “molly,” better known … . . . More

Therapist in Training

-The Daily Freeman – Written by: Tania Barricklo. Elizabeth Soto,4, who lives with her aunt Tiffany Gonzalez, right, of Highland reaches forward to give “Annie” a treat. Annie, a fifteen week old therapy dog in training, is held by Cheyanne Edwards, the dog trainer at the Ulster County SPCA who visited SUNY Ulster Wednesday afternoon in collaboration with the peer- led drug prevention program Awareness. The two organizations are starting a pilot program using Annie as a therapy dog for the Awareness program. Annie was adopted by Marie Shultis, the co-founder of Awareness. Gonzalez’s brother Rafael Gonzalez III was a … . . . More