Study finds alcohol abuse common in Niskayuna schools

Parents and teachers continually fret about what teens and young adults are up to in their free time, but the best way to know for sure what’s going on is to simply ask.

Using a Prevention Needs Assessment survey, funded by a federal Drug Free Communities Grant, the Niskayuna Community Action Program did just that.

N-CAP compiled the answers, given anonymously by 1,444 sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders earlier this year. They presented the facts at Niskayuna High School on Tuesday evening.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise to realize some of our young people have tried alcohol and even marijuana,” interim Niskayuna Central School District Superintendent John Yagielski said when the meeting began.

Read the rest of Rebecca Isenhart’s article from Thursday’s Daily Gazette.

Dr. Kevin Collins, an emergency room resident at Albany Medical Center, presented on the effects of substance abuse on the adolescent brain at a Niskayuna Community Action Program forum Tuesday evening

Dr. Kevin Collins, an emergency room resident at Albany Medical Center, presented on the effects of substance abuse on the adolescent brain at a Niskayuna Community Action Program forum Tuesday evening