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Panelists Announced For Rye Drug, Alcohol Discussion

The Rye High School Youth Council had released its lineup for the upcoming Drug and Alcohol Panel Discussion.
The Rye High School Youth Council had released its lineup for the upcoming Drug and Alcohol Panel Discussion. Photo Credit: Facebook

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye Youth Council has released its lineup for the 2016 Drug and Alcohol Panel Discussion, according to a statement from the group.

The event, geared toward Rye High School students and their parents, is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 31 at the high school.

This year's event is called "Teens and Substances -- Their Health, The Law and Your Liability."

Rye's newly appointed Police Commissioner Michael Corcoran will appear before the community as part of the expert panel, according to planners.

Also on the panel will be Dr. Gigi Madore, medical director of the Emergency Department at Montefiore New Rochelle; Lillian Neuman, community outreach & education coordinator at St. Vincent’s Hospital; Police Officer Jack Brito from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety; and Paula Branca-Santos, assistant district attorney and chief of the White Plains Office of the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.

The evening is presented by the Rye Youth Council along with Rye high School and Rye-ACT, a newly formed community drug and alcohol coalition. Mathnasium sponsored the event.

Organizers promised an “unflinching look” at some of the issues surrounding underage drug and alcohol use.

The students will act out various scenarios under the direction of teacher Michael Limone. A question and answer period is also scheduled.

A similar event two years ago drew a crowd of more than 700 people, and feedback was overwhelmingly positive, the group said.

For more information please contact the Rye Youth Council office at 914-967-3838 or email office@ryeyouthcouncil.org.

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