Editorial: Facing Reality

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You would have to have your head firmly buried in the sand to avoid the unfortunate truth that substance abuse and addiction is a growing national epidemic, one that is impacting just about everyone. Community members in Sag Harbor next week will have not one, but two opportunities to educate themselves on the risks of addiction and also gain tools to help them prevent a family member from becoming another terrible statistic.

The East End is about to embark on another summer season, filled with visitors looking to enjoy their vacation, often with a couple of drinks. We are also a year-round community that faces tremendous pressure. While the economic rebound has benefited many local business owners, the increase in the cost of rental housing over the last two years has devastated many families, and placed increased stress on people trying to make a life in the place we call home. Statistically, these realities lead many down the road to substance abuse, which our children, even as young as five and six, are watching and learning from.

Not everyone who has a drink is an addict. But as parents and community members, it is our role to help protect our children to the best of our abilities — and learning from experts about the risks, and about preventive measures like teaching children coping and communication skills, being open rather than combative with educators who are trying to help, are important lessons for us all.
To learn more, attend “Substance Abuse: A Prevention Forum: What Every Parent Needs to Know” at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Busy? Lucky for you there is a second opportunity on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. with “Heroin: What Every Parent Needs to Know” on Saint Andrew’s Road in Southampton.

This problem is not going away, and for parents, this is a critical time to be armed with knowledge, perhaps before it is too late.

You would have to have your head firmly buried in the sand to avoid the unfortunate truth that substance abuse and addiction is a growing national epidemic, one that is impacting just about everyone. Community members in Sag Harbor next week will have not one, but two opportunities to educate themselves on the risks of addiction and also gain tools to help them prevent a family member from becoming another terrible statistic.

The East End is about to embark on another summer season, filled with visitors looking to enjoy their vacation, often with a couple of drinks. We are also a year-round community that faces tremendous pressure. While the economic rebound has benefited many local business owners, the increase in the cost of rental housing over the last two years has devastated many families, and placed increased stress on people trying to make a life in the place we call home. Statistically, these realities lead many down the road to substance abuse, which our children, even as young as five and six, are watching and learning from.

Not everyone who has a drink is an addict. But as parents and community members, it is our role to help protect our children to the best of our abilities — and learning from experts about the risks, and about preventive measures like teaching children coping and communication skills, being open rather than combative with educators who are trying to help, are important lessons for us all.
To learn more, attend “Substance Abuse: A Prevention Forum: What Every Parent Needs to Know” at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Busy? Lucky for you there is a second opportunity on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. with “Heroin: What Every Parent Needs to Know” on Saint Andrew’s Road in Southampton.

This problem is not going away, and for parents, this is a critical time to be armed with knowledge, perhaps before it is too late.

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