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Former New York Giants player opens up about struggles with addiction

HARTFORD -- Jeff Hatch used to be an offensive tackle for the New York Giants. But he's also struggled with addiction. Hatch is Ivy League educated—and now, in recovery and works in a recovery center in New Hampshire.

Thursday evening he's speaking at a free community forum at Asnuntuck Community College about combating addiction and its stigma.

The forum will discuss the opioid and heroin epidemic that is plaguing the country, the stigma surrounding opioid use and the barriers it creates for treatment, how Naloxone (Narcan) can be used to help stop an overdose and where to find resources in the community for addiction or mental health concern.

This program is sponsored by Natchaug Hospital's Joshua Center Enfield and Enfield Youth Services.

Learn more about the event here.