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North Andover CARES announces teen substance abuse awareness event

Posted by boston.com  March 13, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the North Andover Parent Resource Network:

Community Awareness of Resources, Education, and Services is a night for parents and community members to learn more about how to prevent teen substance abuse and how to find resources in our community to tackle the problem. Parents are important partners in prevention, but it can be hard with peer pressure and the pro drug messages in the media that teens face. 

This event will be held on March 31st at & p.m. in the NAHS auditorium, and will feature impactful personal stories from a former NAHS student and a current high school parent that will highlight lessons learned and the importance of family communication. Program participants will also include NAHS Guidance, NAHS Health and Wellness, Director of North Andover Youth & Recreation Services, and the NAPD. The evening will end with a special performance by a current NAHS student. The dangers of substance abuse are well known and recent local news reports of drug overdoses have been concerning. This event will provide parents with the tools and support needed to encourage teens to make positive decisions regarding alcohol and substances and also where to turn for help if needed. 

Questions or topics to address may be submitted in advance until March 26 by clicking here. The event is free of charge and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, please contact the NAPRN at najointspeaker@gmail.com. 

Chris Herren – Making Good Choices, 10:30AM, March 31

Chris Herren, former NBA and Celtics player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate will be speaking to students in grades 8 -12, at 10:30am, in the NAHS Crozier Field House, also on March 31. Parents/guardians who wish to attend are welcome. The program is not appropriate for young children. Chris Herren struggled with substance abuse throughout his basketball career.  He is sober and now shares his story to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make good choices and stand up to drugs and alcohol. The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by Chris Herren, has started the “Going Purple” initiative, a national anti-substance abuse awareness program.

Both events on March 31 would not be possible without the support of the following: North Andover High School, North Andover Athletic Association, NAHS Parent Advisory Committee, North Andover Youth & Recreation Services, North Andover Police Department, North Andover Community Programs, and North Andover Parent Resource Network.

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