The The Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County will mark its 25th anniversary Oct. 12. The team includes, back from left, Doug Terbeek, Darcey Hurlburt, Linda Gerardi, Tina Clark, Dave Wyant, Angie MacAlpine; front, Nancy Paquette, Angel Marvin, Don McMullen and Darla Breckenridge.Not pictured is Mac MacDevitt.
continued “When the marches first happened in ‘86 we were looking at things saturating the community,” Gerardi said, “with all sorts of support systems to catch people with a safety net, whether they are an elderly person with an alcohol problem or a youth who is trying to make wise decisions related to drugs or alcohol in their social life. Today we know that so much of what helps equip people to effectively not get in trouble with drugs or alcohol or even gambling is some resiliency factors that we can put in place in our communities.”
Any one who has been involved with the organization in the past is invited to come together to celebrate and share their experiences, and view a student performance from On Common Ground, a group of students that write and perform their own material for peer to peer education.
The event will also feature an internationally recognized lecturer and consultant in substance abuse prevention and education, Mike Nerney of Long Lake who recently appeared on the ABC program “20/20.”