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Municipal Alliance and Ridgewood Public Schools Present Straight Shots – Substance Use and Social Norms

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May 12,2016

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Monday, May 23 7 – 9 pm, RHS Campus Center Presenter:

Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Tim Silvestri In conjunction with the Municipal Alliance of Ridgewood, the Ridgewood Public Schools will present a parent forum on underage drinking.

The Straight Shots program, featuring Dr. Tim Silvestri, Professor of Social Science at Lafayette University and licensed psychologist, will be held on Monday, May 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Ridgewood High School Campus Center, 627 East Ridgewood Avenue.

The program is free and open to the adult public. Dr. Silvestri will inform middle school and high school parents and guardians about national social norms regarding underage drinking and drug use. He will provide detailed information on the biomechanics of alcohol and drug consumption on the teenage brain and present the multiple realities facing students, including social (mis)perception and positive expectations for substance use. A unique aspect of the program is a visual journey through the brain, from first drink to death, with a primary emphasis on skill building throughout. Research shows that parents can significantly influence their children’s decision-making about alcohol and drug use. Discussions with children about the dangers and risks of substance use can help to reduce underage drinking by up to thirty percent. Additionally, approximately seventyfive percent of all children turn to their parents for guidance on substance-use issues. It is essential to talk openly and honestly with children about alcohol and drug use. This program will provide parents with information that will promote these necessary conversations. Dr. Silvestri has two decades of experience educating business professionals, academic administrators, faculty, parents and students. His humorous and engaging style has been at the heart of his positive feedback from program attendees. His presentations carry the rigor of science with the accessibility of a casual conversation.
Municipal Alliance programs are funded through the Governor’s Counsel on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) with money collected from fines on those convicted of drug-related offenses. Ridgewood’s Municipal Alliance coordinates the Safe Homes Parent Network and participates in the Parents who Host Lose the Most campaign.

RPS and Municipal Alliance Host Important Program on Underage DrinkingStraight Shots with Dr. Tim Silvestri 

Monday, May 23
RHS Campus Center
7-9 p.m

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