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"If They Had Known," Party culture is focus of substance abuse awareness event
Guest panel on stage
The Maine-Endwell School District partnered with Broome County Legislator Jason Shaw, the Broome Opioid Awareness Council, and the Prevention Coalition of Broome County, to host a substance abuse awareness night in our community. The focus of the March 6 event was on the risks associated with current party culture.

The event began with a viewing of the documentary “If They Had Known.” The film is the true story of 19-year-old Clay Soper. Clay passed away after combining a prescription drug and alcohol at a party. 

Following the film, the audience heard from Chris Scott, a person in recovery who now shares his story to educate others about addiction, and to help others in recovery. The evening concluded with a panel discussion and question and answer period featuring representatives from local agencies, law enforcement, along with Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, and Ashli Mikeska, the district’s Student Assistance Counselor. 
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Check out event coverage from WBNG here

March 6 was also Black Balloon Day. The nation-wide event is a way to bring awareness to substance abuse and the deaths associated with it. Thirty-three black balloons, one for each overdose death in Broome County in 2018, floated on the ceiling of the Middle School lobby as people entered the building.  

The Maine-Endwell awareness night is part of “The Buzz,” a series of informational community conversations regarding substance use prevention, addiction, recovery, and stigma surrounding these issues. This is the fourth year that the district has partnered with Legislator Shaw to bring a substance abuse awareness to our Spartan community.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, shared their story, and contributed to making the event a success.