Substance abuse education program set for April 21

The Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD) is offering a substance abuse education program for parents and community members at Trumbull High School on April 21 at 7 pm.

Through his “Live to Tell” program, Tim Rader will speak about his personal battle with drug abuse and addiction. As a promising high school quarterback in his senior year, Rader was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He beat cancer but was left with a serious opiate addiction that would haunt him for more than a decade. Now living drug free, Rader tells a story of addiction and redemption that is a cautionary tale from which anyone can learn.

Rader will be joined by Wayne Kowal from the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force. Kowal will provide information on the latest trends in the region, as well as information on the signs and signals for parents and community members.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. A “question and answer” session will follow.

TPAUD is a coalition of school staff and administrators, parents, law enforcement, health professionals, community members and youth dedicated to creating an environment where Trumbull youth will choose to remain alcohol and drug-free. Since 2006, TPAUD’s prevention efforts have included educating the community about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, reducing youth access to these substances, and supporting the enforcement of the existing liquor and drug laws.