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Dr. Phyllis Cureton There have been 75 drug overdose deaths on Staten Island this year alone according to District Attorney Michael E. McMahon's office; that’s 7 more overdose deaths than was reported in all of 2015. Dr. Cureton is in the full front of this battle as she handles daily intakes at Samaritan Daytop Village, the drug and alcohol treatment facility in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York. “The staff works with about 100 clients at a time, but the door is always open for more”, she stressed.   A graduate of Curtis High School and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., she holds a doctoral degree and is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) and an international certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC). Dr. Cureton explained to Emmanuel R. Wheagar, CEO of the 2nd Chance Women of Distinction Magazine the magnitude of work and the direct involvement of President Barrack Obama as she shares teleconference notes with him. “He is very involved”, she stressed. She is also an ordained deacon, serving with her husband, Tracy, at Mount Sinai United Christian Church in Tompkinsville. .4 Known affectionately around the building as "Dr. C," Phyllis Cureton has been a Staten Islander since the age of 10 and lives in Mariners Harbor, not too far from the facility she runs.  Dr. Cureton gave our staff a tour of her “State of the Arts” facility that encompasses several functional rooms and recreational center designed to provide maximum support and treatment. We were introduced to her team which includes a Medical Doctor, Psychologists, Social Workers, licensed Drug Counselors, and interns. Heroin and opioid addicts; as young as 12 and old as 76 have sat across from Cureton, a witness every day to Staten Island's raging drug epidemic. Strengthened by a recent merger with the Samaritan Village network, today's Daytop is attacking the epidemic head-on. In addition to drug and alcohol treatment, the center offers programs in anger management, parenting, vocational assessment, relapse prevention, relapse recovery, cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavior therapy which address borderline personality disorder. The organization runs more than 50 programs in the New York City area serving veterans, families, the homeless, the elderly and those struggling with addiction. 4