Seized drug money donated to Brien Center's Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program


PITTSFIELD — Illegal drug proceeds seized by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force have been donated by the District Attorney's office to an area drug treatment program.

The Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program of the Brien Center is the recipient of a $2,000 donation, according to a statement released Friday by District Attorney David F. Capeless.

"The Patrick Miller Program serves a much-needed role in our community. Substance abuse among our youth, whether underage drinking or the abuse of illicit or prescription drugs, is a serious problem," Capeless said in a prepared release. "While we in law enforcement are fully prepared to fight against those who would profit from it, institutions such as The Brien Center and their Patrick Miller Program are necessary to provide the counseling and support that will prevent many young people from getting involved, or getting too far involved, with these substances that can destroy their lives."

"I am proud to assist their efforts," he said.

M. Christine Macbeth, CEO of The Brien Center said, "The Brien Center is truly grateful for this donation."

"Funding for prevention work is scarce and difficult to obtain," she said in a statement. "However, prevention works and is instrumental in our fight against serious addiction,"

"The goal of prevention is to stop first use of addictive drugs like opioids and to delay alcohol use until adulthood. The best way to help the disease of addiction is to never start," Macbeth said.

The Program was founded in 2005 by Miller's family as a response to their son's overdose death. The donation is the 10th in a series of annual contributions, now totaling $21,000.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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