Officials in the Town of Islip, in response to an increase in drug abuse among young adults, are offering a program Tuesday intended to educate parents about the challenges their children face when dealing with addictions and gangs.
“An Important Night for Parents: Heroin, Opiates and Gangs” is scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. inside the auditorium of Central Islip High School.
“Our goal is to assist parents in understanding when their children are heading down a wrong path either through drugs, alcohol or gang involvement,” said Delores Bocklet, director of Islip’s ACCESS/ACCESSO Division of Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Education Services, which is hosting the event. “It’s about empowering parents to ask the questions that they need to ask and network with each other.”
The night will feature discussions about heroin addiction and the connection between drug use and gangs, Bocklet said. An official from the Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services as well as a gang intelligence officer from the county’s Probation Department will present information about the signs and symptoms of drug use and gang involvement, she said.
Bocklet said this is the first time her office will host such an event, which is open to all Islip residents. A rise in young people abusing drugs led them to reach out to parents, she said.
“We want all parents in the Town of Islip to be ready and prepared to keep drugs and gangs out of their children’s lives,” Supervisor Phil Nolan said in a statement.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Town of Islip plan to provide attendants with free drug testing kits. For more information, call 631-224-5330.