The Town of Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance, in partnership with the Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Youth Bureau, is hosting an educational event on Understanding the Science of Behavioral and Chemical Addiction. On Thursday, March 25th, from 6PM to 7PM, community members, families, and professionals will have an opportunity to attend this free virtual presentation provided by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Stephen L. Dewey.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the rates of substance use and excessive gaming addiction among young people. Dr. Dewey’s presentation will educate the community about the disease of addiction, specifically as it relates to gaming and cell phone usage, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. The presentation will also discuss trends in the relationship between vaping and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dewey will present data on marijuana and its contamination with other substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine. Following the presentation, Dr. Dewey will hold a Q&A session to answer any questions that participants may have.
“This special Alliance presentation will help participants better understand the roots of common behavioral and chemical addictions. Taking the mystery out of these issues fosters a greater understanding about addiction, helping to remove the stigma associated with open discussion about prevention and treatment. We encourage not only professionals to attend this presentation, but middle school and high school students and parents, as well. In fact, we will be providing Community Service Certificates for those students who participate and request documentation.” - Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director
Student Community Service Credit can be provided for students who attend. Email the Youth Bureau with your name and certificate request to email@example.com. After your participation is verified, a certificate will be emailed to you.
Registration is required in advance in order to attend. Interested participants can register online on the Youth and Community Alliance page. The deadline for registration is March 24th.