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Irvington Discusses Consequences Of Underage Drinking, Drug Use

The panel
The panel Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington High School hosted a panel discussion for parents and students on May 19 to discuss the legal and health consequences of underage drinking and drug use.

The panel was moderated by Ellen Morehouse, executive director of Student Assistance Services. Among the panelists was Principal David Cohen, who provided a perspective on the school’s role in supporting its students around the topic.

The rest of the panelists were Phelps Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Medical Director Dr. Emil Nigro, Irvington Police Detective Michael Toolan and Village of Irvington Justice Des Lyons.

“Parents and students in attendance were thankful for the discussion and felt that it provided new insights that all students and families need to know,” Cohen said. “I want to thank Dr. Nigro, Det. Toolan and Justice Lyons for taking the time to better inform our community. I also want to thank iASK/CAB and Student Assistance Services for their ongoing support and dedication to the students and families in Irvington.”

During the evening, attendees learned that parents can be held accountable for enabling underage drinking, even if they are not at home, drugs are far more potent today than they were years ago, teens are at greater risk for alcohol poisoning if they also smoked marijuana, and teens can be arrested if a friend has drugs in their car.

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