MANCHESTER – Retired police Lt. Joseph Pangaro will discuss drug abuse issues at a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 program at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr.
Parents, caregivers, educators, and teens will find out which drugs are popular, what commonly abused drugs and their associated paraphernalia looks like, and what hidden clues to look for in homes and vehicles.
Participants will also learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, including depression, withdrawal, hostility, hanging with different friends and increased secrecy about possessions and activities.
The discussion will also cover the increased usage of heroin in the teen population.
This free program is open to adults and teens. Registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go online to the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org . Continuing education certificates will be available.
It is part of the library’s Tools for Teens series and funded through collaboration between the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Services Commission, Ocean County Health Department, NJSC Ocean County Probation Juvenile Supervision, Ocean County Library, Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism.
Joseph Pangaro is retired from the Ocean Township Police Department where he served for 27 years. He now does training for law enforcement, business and education professionals through his company, Pangaro Training.