The Prevention Council of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington will present two programs with former NBA star Chris Herren on Jan. 16.

The program will raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse.

Herren will address students during the school day, then address the community that evening at 7 p.m. at the South Street school.

Herren will share his story of going from a basketball star in Fall River to an NBA player to a patient in a rehab facility, all while struggling with addiction for more than 14 years.

Herren’s Project Purple is designed to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness of the dangers of substance abuse, and educate and encourage youth to maintain a healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

The initiative uses positive messaging like “I am enough,” “I am a warrior,” and “I am strong” to support students as they navigate difficult decisions.

To register for the event, visit .

The Prevention Council of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington is made up of various stakeholders coming together to reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse and addiction on individuals, families and children living and working in our three towns.

Members include students, parents, clergy, teachers, EMS personnel, law enforcement and local community leaders.

The council strives to achieve its goal through educating the community and implementing efforts to combat substance abuse.

For information on the Prevention Council of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington, find the council on Facebook.