Key Club Teaches About Substance Abuse

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On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, the North Shore Key Club will host “Compassion in Action,” a community awareness event educating its audience on substance abuse while providing a message of help and hope to all. This evening, held it the North Shore High School theater, will aim to change the dialogue to show more compassion for an issue that affects millions nationwide. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guest speakers including Anthony Rizzuto, the founder of the Families in Support of Treatment (FIST) organization, will address topics on substance abuse including prevention, treatment, recovery, and advocacy.

CompassionAction_122315AAt 7:30 p.m., a resource fair encompassing professionals from 12 substance abuse programs, as well as representatives from prominent self-help groups from Nassau and Suffolk counties, will provide a range of treatment options, resources and referrals.

“The program is distinctly different from most other substance abuse events,” said Key Club President Elias Mastakouris. “We’re responding to an epidemic on Long Island in a more compassionate way. We hope to shed light on the true nature of substance abuse, reach out to people who are struggling and empower community members to become involved.”

The North Shore Key Club is very proud of their outstanding accomplishments in providing services that demonstrate their active citizenship. Key Club members strive to make a difference in their community and focus on issues that can affect each and every one of us.

North Shore Key Club Advisor Julia Salat said, “This event will help bring members of the Long Island community together and provide awareness and information to those currently struggling with substances, in treatment or facing potential addiction.”

For more information, contact compassioninaction16@gmail.com or call 347-408-8899.

—Submitted by North Shore Schools

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