Binge drinking, prescription drug abuse focus of free program


Binge drinking, prescription drug abuse focus of free program June 8 for high school seniors, college students and parents

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 1:03 PM     Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 1:07 PM

RARITAN TWP. — A free program on binge drinking, prescription drug abuse and getting help for a friend who has imbibed and needs medical help will be presented by Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition on Wednesday, June 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.

“College Safety Night — Matthew’s Message” is intended for high school seniors, college students and their parents but all are welcome.

The evening will begin with the showing of the documentary “In A Split Second.” Produced at Raritan Valley Community College, it shows how split-second decisions to drink alcohol or use drugs can have life-changing consequences.

Lesley Gabel, resources associate executive director, will talk about “Matthew’s Message,” created after the death a year ago of college student Matthew Sanquini of Raritan Township from a prescription drug overdose.

Another focus of “Matthew’s Message” is the 9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation, which provides immunity from prosecution for a minor who seeks help for, and stays with, another underage person who in need of medical assistance because of alcohol consumption. “The message here is that a phone call can save a life,” said Gabel.

Prevention Resources educator Peggy Dowd will present “Rethinking Drinking,” a program about a binge drinking among high school and college students. During this portion students may use a clicker to answer questions anonymously.

To register or for details, contact Cathy Canterino at 908-782-3909 or