CORRECTION: The event below is being held exclusively for the benefit of students in grades eight through eleven enrolled within the Ayer Shirley Regional School District and will take place at 12:45PM; it is not open to the public.

AYER -- Chris Herren, a former player with the NBA's Boston Celtics, will draw on his own experience to discuss substance abuse at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the Laura S. Leavitt Memorial Auditorium at the Ayer-Shirley Regional High School.

Herren, who struggled with substance abuse himself, now works to educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provides techniques to address social pressure in the communities and families.

The forum is recommended for students eighth-grade through grade 11 due to graphic nature of the content.

The event is sponsored by Ayer Shirley Regional High School in partnership with the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation.