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DA Rice to Address Danger of Heroin Usage Among Young People at Local School Presentation

Now in its 6th year, DA Rice’s ‘Not My Child’ program teaches parents and educators about the problem of heroin addiction.

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Mineola, NY - March 10, 2014 - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is scheduled to appear at HB Thompson Middle School in Syosset on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. to speak at a presentation of “Not My Child,” a program she created to address the epidemic of heroin addiction and its devastating impact on families and neighborhoods.

“It’s heartbreaking to see a parent who has lost a child to heroin abuse talk about how they didn’t know about the warning signs of drug use, or where to go to for help,” DA Rice said. “At this presentation, parents and educators will get the information they need to protect young people from this growing problem.”

Not My Child is a presentation that teaches parents about how to look for signs of drug use, and how abuse of heroin and other opiates isn’t just about shooting up with needles – addiction to opiates in pill form is a growing problem among young people in our communities. The presentation will also discuss trends DA Rice’s office is seeing in drug use among young adults in our area.

Started in September 2008, Not My Child is designed to help parents and educators spot heroin addiction in its early stages, and gives examples about how they can create partnerships to tackle this deadly disease.

HB Thompson Middle School is located at 98 Ann Drive in Syosset.