Sharon drug awareness program features former Boston Celtic Chris Herren

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It’s one thing to understand that dangerous drugs are available in the suburbs, but a very different thing to see young people in your own community dying from an overdose, say concerned parents in Sharon.

In the last two years, Sharon parents have noticed four or five deaths they believe are linked to opiate addiction, according to Tara Goodwin Frier, a Sharon Education Foundation board member.

“I know this because my son has gone to multiple funerals,” she said.

Aiming to confront the issue head-on, the foundation and Sharon High School are organizing a series of activities this school year, including a keynote presentation Thursday, Dec. 12, by Chris Herren, a basketball player from Fall River who grew up to play for the Celtics, only to lose his basketball career to drug and alcohol addiction.

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