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A Compelling Speaker on Substance Abuse

Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Stephen L. Dewey returned to Roslyn this fall for a series of talks about the effects of drugs on the brain, particularly the teenage brain. In several assemblies over the last month with students at Roslyn Middle School and Roslyn High School, as well as a public forum on October 25 for parents and community members, Dr. Dewey gave a comprehensive scientific presentation about the impact of various addictive substances on brain chemistry and neurological development. Among the topics he covered: how the young brain is especially vulnerable to the effects of drugs and alcohol; the increasing use of addictive substances by children at surprisingly young ages; and some alarming trends in alcohol abuse among high school and college students. Dr. Dewey conducts his research at the Center for Behavioral & Molecular Imaging at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore LIJ, and is a frequent guest speaker in schools and in the media.

To watch a video of Dr. Dewey's October 25 presentation at Roslyn High School, click here.

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