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Experts to speak on alcohol, drug effects in Kings Park

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main St. houses students grades 9 through 12. It is the only high school in the Kings Park Central School District. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Fran Berkman

A specialist in the study of how narcotics and alcohol affect brain functions will discuss the dangers of underage drinking and drug use tomorrow night at Kings Park High School.

Middle school and high school students and their parents are invited to hear the talk by Dr. Stephen Dewey, director of the Laboratory of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroimaging at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.

The 6:30 p.m. event is sponsored by Kings Park in the kNOw, an anti-drug community group affiliated with the school district.

Dewey will discuss the effects of alcohol, illegal and over-the-counter drugs and energy drinks on the developing adolescent brain and on adults. His research has found that a variety of narcotics, including prescription medications, can alter behavior by harming brain cells.

Another scheduled speaker is Steve Chassman, clinical director of the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency. He will discuss the results of a state survey of alcohol and drug use.


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