In an effort to cut down on alcohol abuse and dependence, the Glastonbury Youth Advisory Council is sponsoring a community forum on preventing and reducing underage drinking at the Riverfront Community Center Wednesday night.
Teen alcohol use kills 6,000 people each year, and alcohol is the leading cause of death for individuals under 21, according to the council.
The council event will host keynote speaker Corey Sharken, who will relate his story of alcohol addiction. Sharken’s presentation will be followed by a youth-led panel discussion and a question-and-answer session.
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The panel discussion will include Sharken, Officer Allison Collard, Dr. Wayne C. Paulekas, and members of the council.
The council consists of a group of 19 middle school and high school students who hopes to bridge the gap between teenagers, their communities and local government.
The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St. A catered dinner will be provided at the forum.
To register for the forum, contact the town’s substance abuse prevention coordinator Emily Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or cal her at (860)652-7531.
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