Gravesend students learn danger of drugs

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Students in Gravesend learned about the risks and dangers of drugs during a seminar on Friday.

Led by attorneys and a police officers, the discussion for nearly 200 seventh- and eighth-graders focused on excessive painkiller use and addiction.

It is part of an ongoing partnership with the Big Apple Academy and Be Proud Foundation. Friday's seminar is the fourth time the school hosted a seminar on drugs. The principal of Big Apple Academy told News 12 he was surprised how familiar the seventh- and eighth-graders are with the different drugs floating around.

“The internet [is] telling them names of the drugs, how they affect the body, so I was a little surprised. Our goal today [is] no drugs at all, no drugs, no legalization, nothing, we need a bright future for our children; we need a healthy future,” Vlad Gorny, principal of Big Apple Academy, told News 12.

Officials from the school say they hope to continue hosting and expanding the program.

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