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Tewksbury Police, Schools Announce Events For Substance Abuse/Prevention Week

Oct 11, 2014 10:54AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Substance Use Prevention & Education Week 2014

October 15, 7:00 PM, Connections Between Mental Health & Addiction -Monthly Speaker Series with Nancy Parker, Director at the Tewksbury Treatment Center. Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This forum is free and open to all

October 19, 7:00 PM, Candle Light Vigil -Lahey Behavioral Health and Tewksbury Police Department will host a vigil in remembrance of those who’ve died as a result of drug addiction, as well as for those loved ones who are in recovery and mourning. Tewksbury State Hospital, 365 East Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all.

October 20, Brain Drain -During this interactive and informative 45-60 minute presentation for the 6th graders, participants will learn the parts of the brain, the functions of these parts, and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. Participants will also learn how drugs of abuse cause a number of negative effects on the body and brain, ranging from mild symptoms to addiction and how the brain of an adolescent is more susceptible to these negative effects. The impact of gateway drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco will be highlighted. This event is closed to the public.

October 20, 6:30 PM, Parenting for Prevention -A program designed for parents and caregivers of children in grades K-12. The program is facilitated by professionals in the field of addiction treatment. The program objectives are to provide information on the effects and consequences of gateway drugs and other drug trends, empower parents with effective communication skills when talking with their children about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, to review the importance of establishing clear rules and consequences at home regarding substance use, and to evaluate resiliency factors that help protect kids from substance use, and local resources should parents require addiction support. John F. Ryan Elementary School Library, 135 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This forum is free and open to all.

October 21, Prescription Drug Kiosk Information Table -Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street Tewksbury, MA.  

October 21, 7:00 PM, Learn To Cope Parent Support Group Meeting -Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury.  This forum is free and open to the public.

October 22, Improbable Players (presentation for grades 9-12) This is an educational theater group with performances that bring authenticity/passion to preventing a serious health issue, alcohol and other drug abuse in our communities. This event is closed to the public.

October 22, 6:30 PM, Improbable Players -This is an educational theater group with performances that bring authenticity/passion to preventing a serious health issue, alcohol and other drug abuse in our communities. Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments to be served. This event is free and open to all.

October 23, Cliff Crosby Presentation –A motivational speech for 5th, 7th and 8th grade students.  The charismatic, inspirational, and yet sincerely modest former NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion, has a fascinating behind the scenes story of how hard choices, faith, and hard work helped him avoid the pitfalls of growing up in family circumstances that would defeat most children. This event is closed to the public. 

October 27, 7:00 PM, DIRT -What began as a therapeutic side project has turned into one of the most popular assemblies for students and family members across the country. Actor/Comedian John Morello considers himself a survivor of a high risk childhood. Having spent most of his life watching friends and family become victims of destructive decisions he responded by writing the one man show “Dirt”. Not a lecture or seminar, “Dirt” is a play of many characters all performed by one actor. Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all. 

Hidden in Plain Sight -The exhibit and presentation is a collaboration of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Police Department in educating the community’s parents and adults in order to prevent risky behaviors by young people. The exhibit appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. Visitors will learn, though, that amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk, and personal care products on a vanity are items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous, and even illegal activity. This exhibit will be on display a half hour before the evening presentations on the 20th, 22nd, and 27th. This event is free and open to all.

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