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DA Rice to Visit Syosset to Discuss Dangers of Teen Heroin Usage

Heroin usage can be devastating both for families and communities alike. In addressing what officials have described as an “epidemic,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice will speak at Syosset’s HB Thompson Middle School in Syosset on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at a “Not My Child” presentation, a program she created.

“It’s heartbreaking to see a parent who has lost a child to heroin abuse talk about how they didn’t know about the warning signs of drug use, or where to go to for help,” Rice said, in a statement.

“At this presentation, parents and educators will get the information they need to protect young people from this growing problem,” she added

The presentation aims to teach parents how to look for signs of drug use, and how abuse of heroin and other opiates isn’t just about shooting up with needles – addiction to opiates in pill form is a growing problem among young people in our communities. The program also covers local trends in drug use among young adults.

Started in September 2008, Not My Child is designed to help parents and educators spot heroin addiction in its early stages, and gives examples about how to create partnerships to tackle this deadly disease.

HB Thompson Middle School is located at 98 Ann Drive in Syosset.

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