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Parents gathered to hear from law enforcement and youthdevelopment experts on how to protect their kids from the dangers of smoking,vaping, alcohol use and opioids at a round table held at the Greek OrthodoxChurch in Southampton on Tuesday May 14, 2019. The conference was sponsored by the Southampton Addiction and RecoveryCommittee, which was formed to help the community reduce substance abuse andend the Opioid Crisis.
The conference was scheduled before heading into thesummer months and school break, which experts say can be one of the mostdifficult times of the year to monitor kids. Parents were given tips on how to reinforce the no tolerance stance and whatsigns to look for that indicate their child may be using drugs. Kym Laube, the Executive Director of HUGS andSouthampton Town Police Chief Steven Skyrnecki were among the featuredspeakers.
“We want parents to have reliable information beforethe summer when dangerous behaviors by youth often escalate,” said SouthamptonYouth Bureau Director Nancy Lynott, co-chair of the Addiction and RecoveryCommittee.
Parents weregiven resource kits to bring back to their schools to share with otherparents.