LCSD to examine addiction in Liberty

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Liberty Central School District, together with the Liberty Networking Group and a host of other local organizations, will host ‘Addiction in Liberty,’ a discussion that will bring together district staff, students, parents, researchers and health care experts to examine the roots of our community’s addiction crisis and discuss solutions for combating addiction in Liberty.

The discussion will take place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 7-8 p.m. in the high school’s media center. The discussion is open to all community members.  This marks the beginning of a series of free workshops, panels and discussions in effort to make Liberty a healthier place.

The Sept. 21 discussion will be facilitated by Catholic Charities Director of Prevention Services Martin Colavito. Martin has worked in the substance abuse field for 30+ years. His predominant focus has been on community organization with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment and prevention, especially in the poor inner city neighborhoods.  He provides a “Too Good for Drugs” and “Too Good for Violence” evidenced based curriculum to schools. Martin’s unrelenting passion, enthusiasm, dedication and determination to improve the quality of living for the marginalized youth living in poor inner city neighborhoods is remarkably contagious.

Discussion will include:

  • What is addiction to substance abuse and how can it be prevented?
  • What resources are there for prevention?
  • How do we face the epidemic and help the addict to make our community healthier?
  • What do we need to do in Liberty?

RSVPs are not required but are encouraged. Send your questions and RSVPS to

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