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Wilton Library Holds Discussion On Youth Substance Abuse

Kristin Dineen, a licensed clinical social worker and the Wilton Public Schools outreach counselor Photo Credit: Contributed
Wilton Library hosts talk on substance abuse. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- Surveys of parents and students in Wilton show that students are using substances at a higher rate than parents believe they are. 

Although your teen may not be using drugs and alcohol, they are exposed to them. A survey of students in middle and high school in Wilton shows high rates of binge drinking, e-cigarette use and marijuana use among upperclassmen. 

Learn more about the dangers of such habits at an educational event sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Silver Hill Hospital, Positive Directions, and Wilton Library on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wilton Library. 

Wendy Bentivegna, grant director for Positive Directions, will share survey results and briefly discuss e-cigarettes and binge drinking. Both Wendy and Kristin Dineen, a licensed clinical social worker and the Wilton Public Schools outreach counselor will be available to answer questions about the survey. 

Dr. John Douglas, clinical director of the Outpatient Addiction Program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, will share information about marijuana. 

“As parents, we need to understand the risks,” said Vanessa Elias, chair of the Wilton Youth Council. “I recently learned that e-cigarettes are not the safe alternative I thought they were. In fact, they are unregulated and have been found to contain toxic ingredients, along with nicotine. And the marijuana kids are smoking now is many times more potent than the pot of our youth.” 

Register in advance for this free event at the library website. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.

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