(Photo: Patti Singer/staff photographer @PattiSingerRoc)

Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini shares the battle with addiction in his own family and why he and the town of Gates are responding to the crisis. (January 2017) Max Schulte


Story Highlights

  • IronGate drop-in center for people touched by addiction opens June 28 in Irondequoit
  • IronGate is run by Recovery Now NY, which started Gates to Recovery in Gates
  • Through May, Irondequoit had 22 overdoses in 2018, second to Greece

Recovery Now NY, an education and advocacy group for individuals and families touched by addiction known for its Gates to Recovery drop-in center in the town of Gates, is expanding to Irondequoit.

The IronGate drop-in center will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting on June 28, at Glad Tidings Church, 1980 Culver Road.

IronGate combines the location of the new center in southeast Irondequoit and remembers the organization’s roots.

Gates to Recovery also has drop-in centers in Webster/Penfield, East Rochester/Fairport and Hamlin.

IronGate is a partnership with Recovery Now, the Irondequoit Police Department, Churches Combatting Addiction and community groups such as Drug Free Irondequoit.

“This was something we wanted to do,” said Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo. “The challenge was identifying a suitable location.”

Irondequoit police will carry cards with information about IronGate, and will give them to people who they think could benefit from the support.

Programs and services at the drop-in center are non-sectarian.

Irondequoit has been hit particularly hard with overdoses this year. According to data compiled by law enforcement agencies throughout the county and analyzed by the Democrat and Chronicle, Irondequoit has had 22 people overdose on opioids through May.

“That’s 22 incidents too many,” Tantalo said. “That drives the fact there is this need to offer this support. I also emphasize it reinforces the community connection to all of this … recognizing we’re all in this together.”

Only Greece has had more overdoses — 29 — this year.  The town has made space available for community group Mission Recovery and Hope to hold education sessions.

So far this year, 68 people in Monroe County have died from an overdose. The location of the deaths was not available.

“We’ve dealt with a number of families in our community,” Tantalo said. “There are four people I went to high school that have lost a child as a result of this. I just see the grief and sorrow they go through. They’re looking to have this experience not happen to another family in our community.”

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Gates to Recovery locations

Here is a list of Recovery Now NY drop-in centers:

Gates to Recovery, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Gates Recreation Department, 1605 Buffalo Road.

Gates to Recovery Webster/Penfield, 5 to 8 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays, Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive.

Gates to Recovery East Rochester/Fairport, 5 to 8 p.m., third  Tuesday, 317 Main St, East Rochester,

Gates to Recovery Hamlin, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., first Tuesday, Charlie Maier Lodge Building, 2806 Roosevelt Highway, Hamlin.