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Posted on: October 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Cartright to Co-Sponsor “The Effects of Substances of Abuse and Behaviors on the Teen Brain"

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The presentation by Dr. Stephen Dewey on "The Effects of Substances of Abuse and Behaviors on the Adolescent Brain,” scheduled for tonight (October 24), has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a future date.

Farmingville, NY -  On October 24, Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright, the Council District 1 Drug Prevention Coalition and SB Impact will co-sponsor “The Effects of Substances of Abuse and Behaviors on the Teen Brain,” featuring Dr. Stephen Dewey. The event will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm at Gelinas Junior High School, 25 Mud Road in East Setauket. It is part of Red Ribbon Week, held annually from October 23 through October 31. Red Ribbon Week was established by concerned parents and youth from communities across the country in response to the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. They began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In 1988, the National Family Sponsorship presented the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Attendees are directed to RSVP to the Council District 1 Drug Prevention Coalition Facebook page or via email at

Topics will include:

•Effects of drug use on both adult and adolescent brains
•The impact of cell phones on dopamine concentrations
•The science behind a range of drugs
•Environmental impacts on drug relapse
•Acute and long-term effects of vaping usage

SB IMPACT is a coalition run out of Stony Brook University's Center for Prevention and Outreach and is funded by the NY State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) through the College Environmental Prevention Grant. Dr. Stephen Dewey received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurology Department at Stony Brook University. During his tenure at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. Dewey conducted research on the effects of addictive drugs on the human brain.

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