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Learn the Warning Signs of Teen Drug Use

03/03/2014 05:38PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma
Brendan Cole would have turned 23 this month. Instead of celebrating, the recent University of Richmond graduate's family is still in mourning over his Jan. 4 fatal heroin overdose.

Just two weeks ago, 19-year-old Daniel Lajterman, a recent Ramsey High School graduate, died from a synthetic drug mix that was being passed off as heroin.

This is the stuff of every parent's worst nightmares. 

"Bridging the Gap: What parents don't know and teens aren't telling," a March 12 presentation by the Midland Park Municipal Alliance and the Midland Park High School Parent-Teacher Association, aims to get to the heart of this matter by educating parents and about this deadly epidemic. 

The Municipal Alliance is the only organization in the community whose sole purpose is to prevent of drug and alcohol abuse for all ages. The Alliance is funded through state and county grants, and holds programs that are evidence-based and proven effective for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse in all ages, and sponsors the prom busses.

The seminar will address alcohol and drug use and abuse, and destructive decision making by teens. It aims to provide parents with education on what teens are doing today and how parents can speak with their children, other adults and the community regarding these behaviors, and how to address them. 

The presenters include Dorothy O’Keefe Diana, MSW, LCSW, and Tara McSorley, MA, LSW, LCSW. Both Social Workers have a background in treating chemical dependency and at-risk youth. 

This important presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30pm in the Midland Park Junior-Senior High Media Center. All parents are urged to attend. 
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