MVCC hosts talk on adolescent/young adult drug abuse

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Mohawk Valley Community College will host the lecture “Current Trends in Adolescent and Young Adults Substance Abuse: An Understanding of Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse” at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Schafer Theater on the Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by MVCC’s Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Public Service, in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office for Northern District of New York, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Nerney, former director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. (NDRI), will discuss new trends on the streets and in the schools including the abuse of heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana, and other substances. He will also provide insight and knowledge about new drugs, “old” drugs in new packages, and current drug abuse trends among adolescents and young adults.

Nerney is a consultant in substance abuse prevention and education, with more than 35 years experience in the field. At NDRI, his responsibilities included the management of a statewide training system that delivered more than 450 training programs to substance abuse treatment and prevention professionals annually.

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