January 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS – A special program for parents, “Alcohol, Drugs, the Law and Your Teen: What Every Parent Should Know” will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Governor Livingston High School, 175 Watchung Boulevard.
All parents of local teenagers are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this event. Featured topics will include the following:
- Current Alcohol and Drug Trends of 2014, presented by Mike Litterer, Director of Prevention Links. There is increasing evidence, supported by arrest records and admissions into drug-treatment programs, that prescription drugs are being abused by many young adults between the ages of 20 and 25. Parents are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted prescription medications, and Union County now has a permanent collection program for unused, unwanted and expired medication.
- The Law and Union County Trends, presented by Union County Assistant Prosecutor Debbie White. Ms. White will review New Jersey State Laws regarding alcohol, drugs and host liability while providing information about trends in drug and alcohol use among teens in Union County.
- Life in the Emergency Room, presented by Molly Berkowitz, New Jersey-Registered Emergency Room Trauma Nurse. Ms. Berkowitz will discuss the harsh reality of actual alcohol- and drug-related emergency room incidents.
- Community Initiatives, presented by the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside Police Departments. Representatives of both law enforcement agencies will talk about their proactive community efforts, including School Resource Officers, Police Youth Academy, and DARE.
- Parenting Tips, presented by Robert Segear, Substance Awareness Coordinator for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools.
For more information on this very important and timely program for parents, please contact Robert Segear at Governor Livingston High School at (908) 464-3100.