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Harrison Youth Council Promotes Drug Awareness

HARRISON, N.Y. – In light of recent events in the news, Harrison Youth Council President Scott Altabet said that pushing prescription drug awareness was essential to Harrison's youth.

An upcoming event at Harrison High School, the Prescription Medicine Misuse Presentation, will examine the effects of prescription drug abuse and educate local children on the issue, Altabet said.

"Given the large amount of recent press regarding Whitney Houston and others believed to have been harmed by prescription drug abuse, I hope our presentation will focus on local aspects of the problem and what parents and teens can do to understand it and control it," Altabet said.

The presentation was arranged by the Harrison Youth Council, with financial support from the Harrison Central School District and the Harrison High School PTA. The daylong event will feature a visit from "Live to Tell" speaker Tim Rader.

Altabet said that Rader will speak of his life experiences, including a compelling story of becoming addicted to prescription pain killers in high school after contracting cancer, and his struggle with the addiction through his life. Rader will also speak with staff members of the Caron Foundation and a panel of Harrison experts.

Local parents will hear an overview of Rader's presentation from representatives of the Caron Foundation on Prescription Medicine on abuse risks and ways to protect teenagers. During that time, students will participate in breakout sessions led by school and Harrison Youth Council staff. Teenagers will then rejoin their parents to be part of an interactive panel discussion led by the night's speakers and experts from Harrison.

There will be time set aside at the end of the event for parents and teens to discuss the issue separately and together.

The presentation for parents and teens is scheduled for March 6 at 7 p.m. inside the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center.

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