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Posted on: August 13, 2019

Bringing Substance Use Awareness to the Community Through a Special Workshop by Dr. Stephen L. Dewey

Community members, families, and professionals will have an opportunity to attend a free workshop provided by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Stephen L. Dewey on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at Smithtown Landing Country Club in the Nissequogue Room. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be an opportunity to dispose of expired medications during a Medicine Take Back Event with the help of Town of Smithtown Public Safety, and a Narcan Training provided by Well Life Network. 

Highlights of the presentation include: empowering parents with the knowledge and confidence to guide their children through their adolescent and teen years; Discussion on a range of drugs including caffeine (energy drinks), alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, ‘spice,’ ecstasy, opiates, and methamphetamine;  Learning how the environment causes relapse to drug-seeking behavior; a discussion on the science behind vaping and report on recent clinical findings following both acute and long-term use; and the examination of cell phone use and video gaming (specifically Fortnite and Minecraft) on dopamine concentrations in the brain. 

This event is a collaborative effort between Horizons Counseling & Education Center, Well Life Network, and the Smithtown Rotary. The Rotary Club of Smithtown presented a $5,000 charitable donation to the two agencies. The monies will also go towards providing transportation to services and promotion of educational material. The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau will also participate by engaging the Town’s registered Volunteer Corps student members and their families in this important community education event.

To register, please go to the Town of Smithtown Horizons home page, www.smithtownny.gov/horizons and click on the registration link, or scan the QR Code. For more information, please contact Kelly DeVito of Horizons Counseling and Education Center at kdevito@smithtownny.gov or Meryl Camer at Well Life Network at Meryl.Camer@welllifenetwork.org

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