Coffee and Conversations at The Depot

Depot’s Next ‘Coffee and Conversations’ Discussion is on Kids and Smoking Devices

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The public is invited to an informal workshop/discussion on vapes, e-cigarettes and “Juuls” at the Depot, Darien’s youth center, on Thursday, March 15 as part of the Depot’s “Coffee & Conversations” series. The event takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Speaking will be Dennis Bludnicki and Maggie Young, each of whom has worked at Liberation Programs Inc., which is co-sponsoring the discussion. Here’s more about who they are:

Dennis Bludnicki has been with Liberation Programs, Inc. for over 12 years; initially working as a drug counselor at Greenwich Youth Options for seven years. He later was a counselor at Liberation’s Outpatient Clinic in Stamford facilitating early recovery skills to adults dealing with alcohol and other drug addictions through individual , group and family counseling. Currently, Dennis has returned to working with youth and their families in the Greenwich Community and surrounding area, providing prevention, education and drug and alcohol counseling.

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E-cigarettes and Vaping: How Safe Is This? A Presentation at the Depot

What is vaping? And is it safe? Come out and learn the facts with Dennis Bludnicki, Substance Abuse Specialist from Liberation Programs, and police Officer James Palmieri, the school resource officer at Darien High School. Both will discuss e-cigarettes from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 28 at The Depot. E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager.

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Some Dangers from Vaping: Blackened Tongues, Exploding Devices

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An 18-year-old from DOMUS House in Stamford gave a talk last Monday to warn area health and social services professionals and others about the dangers of vaping, a trend of “smoking” vapor through electronic cigarettes. Monday’s Communities 4 Action annual meeting at UConn Stamford was attended by a wide cross section of health professionals, social services professionals, police and elected officials. Rayon Meikle from DOMUS House in Stamford adamantly warned against vaping in his talk Monday before the group. Rayon showed the crowd examples of vaping devices, which he said are priced from $30 to $600. He said the battery alone costs $30.