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GPS-High Society/Straight Facts: Community Conversation on Teen Drug Abuse

  • Glenbard East High School 1014 South Main Street Lombard, IL, 60148 United States (map)

Distinguished Panel: Robert Berlin, Matt Quinn, Tim Ryan and Dr. Aaron Weiner

High Society/Straight Facts: Community Conversation on Teen Drug Abuse and What to Do About It

Substance abuse is a major public health crisis that effects everyone and the teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges. Teens may feel angry, anxious, or moody and test personal boundaries like trying potentially harmful substances due to a need to relieve stress, peer pressure, curiosity, trying to emulate adult behavior, because it feels good, or because it is easy to obtain. It is difficult to know which teens will merely try alcohol ,marijuana, tobacco and other drugs and which teens may potentially develop a dependency. Help lower the chances of putting your teen in potentially harmful situations by getting educated. We have gathered a distinguished panel who will provide accurate information to break through the awareness and communication gap. How parents respond can make all the difference in having a healthy or destructive relationship. Be a part of this important community conversation when we welcome:

Attorney General DuPage County Robert Berlin (right) serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the second largest county in Illinois. Mr. Berlin has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including the Illinois State Crime Commission’s State’s Attorney of the Year Award.

Matt Quinn Rosecrance Treament Center. Matthew Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) providing community relations for Rosecrance. Recently Mr. Quinn addressed a GPS audience with a program on concerns about vaping /e-cigarette use by youth in our community.

Tim Ryan, a former addict, is known as “The Hope Dealer” for his gift of inspiring change in the hearts of others suffering with addictions, and speaks to the real solutions in the current opioid epidemic. Mr. Ryan works tirelessly to bring lasting change to every group touched by addiction

Dr Aaron Weiner, Director of Addictions Linden Oaks at Edward-Elmhurst Health, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a postdoctoral fellowship in Addiction Psychology. Dr. Weiner supports evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, and the integration pf behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner regularly addresses community groups on the signs, symptoms and solutions for various addiction issues.