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Parents learn how to spot drug and alcohol abuse

Parents learn how to spot drug and alcohol abuse

Parents are invited to a free seminar Wednesday, March 29 to learn the ways to spot and confront teenage abuse of drugs and alcohol. Alfred State is teaming up with the Steuben Prevention Coalition and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office for a free program titled, “High in Plain Sight: Current drug, concealment, and alcohol trends.”

“In light of the current opioid epidemic, I believe there’s a great interest in this topic among parents,” stated Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and the Center for Community and Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State. “During the day we will be hosting hundreds of professionals from education, medical care and law enforcement. Then at 6 p.m. there is a free seminar just for parents and community members.”

During the program, Officer Jermaine Galloway, also known as “Tall Cop,” will cover alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol and drug concealment methods, drug paraphernalia, over-the-counter drugs, e-cigarettes, popular party drugs, and more. A teenager’s “mock room” will also be available as a learning tool for parents at the 6 p.m. seminar March 29 at the Bath-Haverling High School.

The mission of the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State is to advance economic development in the Southern Tier through the integration of vocational/occupational training, personal and career development, and organizational development. The mission of the Steuben Prevention Coalition is to promote healthy and safe communities in Steuben County by reducing alcohol and drug use among teens and young adults.

Supervised child care will be provided by the Youth Action Forum during the evening session. To participate, attendees must pre-register with the Center for Community and Education at Alfred State at 607-587-4015 or