Community Recovery Center sponsors vaping prevention education

Rome Health's Community Recovery Center is sponsoring a free community event on vaping prevention 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21st at Strough Middle School, 801 Laurel St.

“Vaping Me Crazy” is presented by Michael DeLeon, who uses his former life of addiction and violence to help steer teens straight.  In the U.S., one in 10 middle and high school students use e-cigarettes. Parents are encouraged to attend to learn about the current drug trends and how drugs are being marketed to our youth.

Topics include:
•    The complete misunderstood fixation of the Vape and the JUUL by adolescents;
•    The susceptibility of the adolescent brain to this dangerous stimulant;
•    The systemic dangers to the brain and body that are completely underestimated;
•    The tri-fecta gateway of nicotine, alcohol and marijuana.

Sponsored by Rome Health Community Recovery Center, the event is funded through a grant from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, in partnership with the Rome City School District and Oneida County.

In addition to the public event for the community, the grant is supporting prevention education for students and educators, including:

•    School assemblies for 9th and 10th grade students at Rome Free Academy Monday, Nov. 20th, and 7th and 8th grade students at Strough Middle School Tuesday, Nov. 21st to help equip them with the tools to make positive life-choices.

•    Professional Development Seminar 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20th, at Rome Free Academy to help teachers and other school staff recognize the warning signs and have more meaningful and productive conversations with students about drug use and vaping.