COMPASS Unity, a drug abuse prevention coalition representing the communities that comprise the South Country Central School District (Bellport, Brookhaven, and parts of East Patchogue, Medford and Yaphank) is hosting an Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall Post 8300 located at 330 North Dunton Ave, East Patchogue.

The main focus of the evening will be a panel discussion. The panelists include: Craig Brodmerkel, director of inpatient/outpatient adolescent services at Outreach of Bellport and Brentwood; Stephanie Sloan, Sr. Drug Abuse Educator, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene, Police Officer McVeigh of the Suffolk County Police Department; Doctor Kee, a pediatrician from Hudson River Health Care; Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence and Jim Vaughan, Commander of VFW Post 8300, a recovering Vietnam veteran, and member of COMPASS Unity.

The panel presentation will be followed by a period for community members, parents and youth to ask questions or express their concerns about underage drinking. For additional information, contact Lynette Murphy, project coordinator for COMPASS Unity at (631) 730-1614 or


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