Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP), in partnership with Riverhead High School and the Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) Health Foundation, is once again coordinating a Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Red Carpet Reception on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM prior to the Senior Prom. This year’s event will feature photo opportunities on the red carpet for prom attendees, families, and community members; it is designed to show support for our High School Seniors to have fun while remaining safe, drug- and alcohol-free.
“Last year’s Senior Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Reception was a huge success! It is our commitment to invest in the future of the youth in our community by addressing the issues of youth drinking, drug use, and driving behavior during the high risk social event of prom. By providing this platform we help keep them safe and give them an arena to create wonderful memories. We believe that as a community we can do more together,” said Demetrios Kadenas, Chief Development Officer, PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center, who is sponsoring the event.
Each year, 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related causes and more than 190,000 people under 21 visit and emergency room for alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol is the drug most abused by teens and causes more deaths in young people under 21 than all illegal drugs combined. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age and alcohol is implicated in a majority of these deaths, which is why Memorial Day through Labor Day is often referred to as the Hundred Deadliest Days for teen drivers and passengers. In addition, first time drug and alcohol use peaks for teens in summer.
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