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Youth recovery to be focus of Oklahoma City event

The 12 Recovery Foundation will host an event Feb. 21 that focuses on youth recovery from drugs and alcohol. Addiction experts and recovering young people will discuss the issues young people face.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 16, 2013

Teen drinking and drug use can be a topic that's hard to understand or address.

Anyone interested in learning more about youth recovery can attend the 12 Recovery Foundation's event Thursday.

The 12 Recovery Foundation is an Oklahoma City-based organization that focuses on young people in recovery.

At the event, the documentary “12: Promises” will be screened. The film features several young people who have struggled with addiction and are in recovery.

People ages 12 to 20 years old drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 90 percent of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking, according to CDC. And on average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers, according to CDC.

The event will be held in Oklahoma City University at the Meinders auditorium near the corner of NW 27 and McKinley Avenue.

Addiction experts at the event will include Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer of Integris Mental Health, and Peter Messiah, director of the Oklahoma City University Addiction Prevention Studies Program.

Cast members from “12: Promises” will also discuss the progress they've made.

The event is free to attend.


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