Almost every day, local and national news outlets share stories about the ongoing opioid epidemic, which is affecting individuals and families in our area and across the country. Broadalbin-Perth’s Parent University will take on the topic of addiction with a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the Virtual AP Room at BPHS.
The panel features two former addicts, Nic Pfenning and Chris Gabriel, along with Nic’s mother, Carrie Pfenning. After experimenting with prescription pills and illegal street drugs in his early teens, Nic Pfenning is now a substance abuse counselor in Portland, Maine, and has been sober from narcotics for more than seven years. Gabriel was an NCAA Division II collegiate athlete who, during high school, began experimenting with prescription pills and illegal narcotics including heroin. He has now been sober for more than seven years and has helped many young men and women who are struggling with addiction. Carrie Pfenning will share how she navigated her son’s addiction and how Nic’s abuse of drugs affected his family.
Participants will come away from this session with local resources to help both parents and youth who are struggling with addiction. Free childcare will be available. Advance registration is requested to help with planning; those interested in attending can register online.
Parent University is a community collaboration led by Broadalbin-Perth. Through Parent University, Broadalbin-Perth partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and the confidence to become full partners in their children’s education. The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in B-P schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life. Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas.