The Community Parent Center and the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD are partnering with the Nassau County Police Department to raise awareness and educate the parents about the Substance Abuse problem that is affecting kids in schools and communities across Nassau County.

The Nassau County Police Department has developed a new Substance Abuse education and awareness presentation for parents and community members. "KEEPING OUR KIDS DRUG FREE; What Parents Need To Know" is being presented in Bellmore-Merrick on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30pm in the Board Room of the Brookside School - 1260 Meadowbrook Road- North Merrick NY.

Opioid and heroin use is surging on Long Island. The number of teens facing a substance abuse crisis is growing; and addiction counselors are seeing users as young as 12 - from all walks of life. More than 2,000 teens (12-17) begin abusing prescription drugs each day, according to a recent SAMSHA teen survey. At the same time, drug addiction experts contend that abuse of narcotics such as painkillers are a gateway to illegal street drugs such as heroin.

Drug Recognition Expert Officers (DRE) from the Nassau County Police Department will share their expertise with parents and community members in our combined effort to keep our kids safe and our community drug free. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a law enforcement officer specially trained to identify people who are impaired by alcohol and or other drugs. This presentation will empower parents, teachers, administrators, staff and communities at large, with the knowledge and confidence to guide their children/students through the adolescent and teen years.