Research shows that drug use among the nation’s high school teenagers continues to rise and is a major public health issue. Parents and caregivers are the most important component in keeping teens substance free, so it is important to talk to teens about the dangers of drugs.

The James V. Brown Library will host the program, “Talking to Teens about Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know,” at 6 p.m. Monday, February 13. Presenters Pascha Ferry and Mary Kerbacher will discuss the trends in alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among Lycoming County teens and share the local resources available for families struggling with substance abuse issues.

Ferry has a bachelor’s degree in health education from Penn State University and works as a prevention specialist at West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. She teaches the Too Good for Drugs curriculum, a life skills and drug education program, to local school students. She is the mother of two teenage sons and a pre-teen daughter.

Kerbacher has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a Certified Recovery Specialist and has been a practical nurse for more than 30 years. She is pursuing a master’s degree in addiction education and works as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at the White Deer Run Outpatient facility.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward Initiative through providing health literacy opportunities for learning. With a strong health literacy background, Pennsylvania residents can manage their family’s well-being to live longer, more productive lives.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit to register or call 570-326-0536.

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