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>>RECOVERY NEWS<< Educating Parents Essential to Fight Heroin Addiction

Posted Oct 29 2009 12:00am

Newsday Columnist Joye Brown this week wrote an interesting commentary on a heroin education program in Long Island, NY:

The Smithtown school district’s mandated heroin education-for-prom swap is an idea worth replicating across Long Island. The premise of the program – which appears to be the first of its kind on Long Island – is deceptively simple. Parents of seniors must attend a meeting where they hear about everything from what heroin does to adolescent brains to what’s being done in the community to combat the drug problem.

And, after some 90 minutes and a take-away informational handout, parents leave better informed about heroin, which is complicating the already difficult job of parenting across the region.

In return for parents’ attention, Smithtown seniors are cleared to go to the prom and other senior-class activities, including the senior banquet in January.

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