By Spectrum News Staff  |  March 7, 2018 @9:23 PM

WEBSTER, N.Y. -- For almost 18 months, the Gates to Recovery addiction services center has been helping those battling against opioid addiction. Now, the center is hoping to help even more by opening two satellite locations later this month.

"When we first started this out, we had people come from all over. We had people come from Wayne County, we had people come from Webster, just coming in. So we wanted to be able to come over to the east side," said David Attridge of RecoveryNowNY.

"Clearly the opioid crisis has affected every community. This will help to provide services to those who are literally fighting for their lives," said Town of Webster Councilwoman Patti Cataldi.

A center in Webster will also serve the Town of Penfield, while the second location in East Rochester will benefit that community as well as the Village of Fairport. This year alone, there have been 15 overdoses, five fatal across those four communities. Both centers will have monthly drop in meetings that can help addicts seeking treatment.

"They facilitate quick access to treatment for those who are looking to recover from addictions," said Cataldi.

"We're not going to put them on a waiting list, we're going to find something for them. Usually we are 24-72 hours that we will have something rolling for them," said Attridge.

There will be support and education for families in addition to free Narcan training once a month.

"A lot of education, if you just want to learn about the whole epidemic, if you want to learn about a certain drug. We're going to have tons of stuff there," said Attridge.

And the Town of Webster plans to distribute information cards to law enforcement that helps point addicts towards the center.

"On the flip-side it has all of these services that are offered in the area and we're going to hand those out to as many people as we can," said Cataldi.

Gates to Recovery plans to open additional locations in the future. The idea for the Webster location was proposed just two weeks ago.

The location within the Webster Recreation Center will open on March 13 and hold meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5-8 p.m. The East Rochester Senior Center will hold meetings on the third Thursday of the month beginning March 19.