New law to combat heroin use
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The Ciappa family was present for the bill's signing, and Natalie's parents spoke about the importance of recognizing the signs of heroin use, because it can mean the difference between life and death. "We really hope that this bill will save some lives down the road," said Doreen Ciappa, Natalie's mother. "There's nothing worse than spending Christmas without your child."
"Knowledge is power, and denial is deadly," added Natalie's father, Victor.
Unlike most county laws, whose enforcement begins 90 days after the county executive signs them, the Natalie Ciappa Law went into effect immediately.
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