OSSINING, N.Y. – Several community organizations are joining forces to host a substance abuse prevention panel, which will be held Tuesday, May 12, at the Ossining Public Library.
The free event is titled “Evening of Prevention for Rivertown Parents.”
Representatives of Arms Acres, Croton Community Coalition, Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, Ossining Communities That Care and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center are working together to host the discussion.
“As both health care providers and concerned residents of the area, we want this evening to provide reliable, accurate information on substance use in our communities, and counter the myth that a little experimentation is ‘normal’ or ‘safe,’” Lauren McDonald, behavioral health intake manager at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, said in a press release.
“Nobody starts using with heroin; it starts with one drink, one blunt, one illicit oxycodone pill.”
Area health care professionals and police officers will discuss issues such as the dramatic increase of drug-related overdoses in recent years.
Steve and Susan Salomone, the founders of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, will also share their story about their son’s death from a drug overdose.
“Hearing what the kids have to say on the subject of substance use is where prevention begins,” Laurie Dean, coordinator of the Croton Community Coalition, said in a press release.
“Listening to our children, talking to them about it, is the most effective thing any parent can do when it comes to deterring young people from substance use.”
The event will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave.
The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of the book “90 Ways to Keep Your Kids Drug-Free.”
For more information, email Laurie Dean at the Croton Community Coalition or call 914-261-6365.