Personal Stories of Addiction

Monday, November 17, 2014
Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place
7:00 pm

Personal Stories of Addiction

The Town of Clarence Youth Board & Bureau continue to educate the public with their informative speaker series focusing on issues affecting teens, families and communities.

We hear every day about drugs on television, radio or in daily conversations with friends or family. Addiction to prescription painkillers, especially among the young, is growing at an alarming rate in Western New York, and is now considered an epidemic.

Vicodin and OxyContin are the two most misused prescription drugs in the country. Heroin and other opiates have become one of the most widely abused drugs in Buffalo and surrounding suburbs. Already this year, 46 people have died from opiate overdoses.

You can’t predict the effect that a drug can have on you—especially if it’s the first time you try it, and even if it’s a small amount or dose. Everyone's brain and body chemistry are different. Everyone's tolerance for drugs is different. Using drugs can lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, and even death.

Drugs that are legal—prescription and over-the counter (OTC) medications—can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs

- Mr. and Mrs. Avi Israel - Parents of Michael and founders of the Save the Michaels of the World, Inc.
- Honorable Justice Michael Powers, Town of Clarence Drug Court
- Agent in Charge Michelle Spahn, Buffalo Drug Enforcement Administration
- Colleen Babcock, Parent
- Personal accounts from a recovering teen addict
- Up-to-date information about current drug use trends including prescription drugs and heroin
- Each year, 15,000 people die from painkillers. More than half of abusers are between the ages of 12 and 25.

Don’t miss this important and informative presentation
For more information, call the Youth Bureau at 407-2162

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