A mother who lost her son to an accidental drug overdose is helping students in the Adirondacks learn about substance use disorder and addiction. Bethany Teitelbaum hopes to honor her son Andrew’s life and carry on his legacy of helping others through her efforts to teach students about the dangers of addiction. She is working with nonprofits and school districts throughout the Adirondack Park to show the documentary The First Day to junior and senior high school students. In the film, former NBA player Chris Herren talks to students about how bullying and mental health issues can lead to substance abuse.
Through the Adirondack Foundation, Bethany has created The Addiction Education and Prevention Fund in Remembrance of Andrew Neiffer to support addiction education and prevention efforts as well as mental health initiatives by providing grants to nonprofits and school districts in the Adirondacks.
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