HealthQuest WNY presents program on drug prevention among youth

HealthQuest WNY is an initiative of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York designed to provide health and wellness information, resources and support to the community.

During June, Health-Quest WNY is hosting a program for area residents focusing on, Keeping Kids Off Drugs. The program will be presented by Michelle Crandall, Counselor III, MS CRC (certified rehabilitation counselor), at LERHSNY’s Chemical Dependency Clinic in Derby. The program will be held June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lake View Fire Department, 2005 Lake View Road, Lake View. This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. The program is geared to parents, sports coaches, school officials, individuals who work with youths, grandparents, community leaders, social service personnel and anyone interested in receiving information and resources.

During the program, Crandall will discuss the dangers, warning signs, and prevention techniques to keep kids off drugs. According to the speaker, “Youths are at risk for alcoholism and drug abuse more now than ever before so it’s important that friends and family members get the tools they need to identify the risks and educate their loved ones.”

Among the topics to be discussed are tips for preventing drug abuse among youths, warning signs of addiction, current trends, available treatment and barriers and help available to parents and caregivers.

For more information or to register for the program, call 951-7070 or email Reservations are recommended but not required.

In her role as a senior counselor I at TLC Health Network’s Derby Outpatient Chemical Dependency Clinic, Crandall conducts substance abuse evaluations along with facilitating individual and group counseling sessions.

In addition, part of her clinical focus involves counseling youth and communicating with their families. Crandall began working in the addiction field in 2005 at a long-term residential treatment facility for men. She began her career in human services, working for four years with those with developmental disabilities. Crandall obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Daemen College and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Buffalo. She became a certified rehabilitation counselor in May 2006.