Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention continues the Natural High Initiative it began three years ago with an evening of free family ice skating at the Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township on Thursday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kellye Smith, Morris County Community Prevention Services Coordinator, said young people can achieve highs naturally, without the aid of drugs or alcohol, by engaging in fun, uplifting activities such as the Natural High Skating event or a family movie or game night at home complete with popcorn and soft drinks.

Besides skating fun for the entire family, the evening will include music, raffles and prizes and, while supplies last, Natural High T-shirts to individuals who fill out a brief survey on substance use/abuse. The Natural High T-shirt was designed by Lara Balick, a 7th grade student at the Pearl R. Miller School in Kinnelon.

Admission to the event and skate rentals are free, but capacity is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 973-285-6860.

The family skating night is supported by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and is made possible through collaboration among the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention, Morris County Prevention Is Key, the Morris County Park Commission, and the United Way of Morris County.

The Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention, composed of Municipal Alliances, law enforcement, human services providers, schools and community organizations, is committed to strengthening communities and empowering youth and defines a natural high as an excited or elevated state brought on by a non-drug related life event.