NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library was the site of a forum discussion of the book “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents,” by Joseph A. Califano Jr., on March 30.

The book was provided free of charge to all North Salem School District parents.

The book discussion was led by David Gerber of St. Christopher’s Inn, a  temporary homeless shelter in Garrison dedicated to providing support to men in crisis, including those battling substance abuse.

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New figures released recently by the Rockefeller Institute of Government found that deaths from drug overdoses and chronic drug abuse in New York increased 71 percent from 2010 to 2015. The overdose and chronic drug abuse death rate was worse in suburban and update counties outside of New York City. Suburban drug-related deaths increased 84 percent during that time.

The event was sponsored by the North Salem District Drug Awareness Task Force, chaired by Dr. George Bovino.