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Tully Hill partners with local school districts to educate community on drug abuse

April 4, 2016 - News

April 4, 2016:   Tully Hill partnered with local school districts in a forum designed to educate community members about the dangers of substance abuse.  The event was hosted by Fayetteville-Manlius High School on March 20, 2016.

Organized by the Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-Dewitt and East Syracuse Minoa school districts, the Eastside Community Forum on Substance Abuse will featured an expo, panel discussion and breakout sessions focusing on emerging substance abuse trends, such as the growing abuse of opioids – including heroin and narcotic pain medications – synthetic marijuana, alcohol and vaping, and how they are impacting students locally.

“This epidemic affects each of our communities,” said F-M High School Principal Ray Kilmer. “And it’s here to stay unless we work together.”

The substance abuse expo began at 6 p.m. and presentations started at 6:45 p.m. Two 40-minute breakout sessions followed the panel discussions.

Guest speakers included local law enforcement members, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta, Prevention Network and Onondaga County District Attorney Office representatives, and individuals touched by addiction.

“We need to be united,” said East Syracuse Minoa Principal Greg Avellino. “We need to educate, provide options for intervention, and implement a long-term plan that protects our kids, families and future from this serious health and drug epidemic.”

Attendees learned not only about substance use, but about prevention resources, addiction recovery efforts and how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol.

“Our goal is to empower and inform parents and students,” said Jamesville-Dewitt High School Principal Paul Gasparini. ” We also want to encourage them to have productive conversations with one another