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Long Island schools team up to fight drug abuse

Northport High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions is inviting other Long Island schools to an event where students and community members can find ways to combat substance abuse.

Darryl St. George, a history teacher and SADD adviser, said the Jan. 21 event will give the broader community a chance to work together to stop the use of heroin and other drugs among high school students. The goal is to get students to think about ways to change the culture and how they talk about drug use.

"This problem is not exclusive to Northport," St. George said in an email.

St. George said a number of schools have already confirmed their participation, including: Harborfields, Brentwood, Commack, St. Anthony's, Half Hollow Hills West and Locust Valley.

St. George said he's waiting to hear back from a few other area schools.

"If the schools work together in a collaborative manner, we can begin to build a coalition of young people that are serious about combating the scourge of addiction," said St. George, who lost his brother to a drug overdose. "The hope is that by partnering we can create the opportunity to promote greater prevention in all of our schools."

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Northport High School, beginning with a pizza dinner.

Newsday recently reported that Northport's non-marijuana arrests -- including heroin -- doubled in 2014.

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