If you are a parent you will have teenagers one day, or maybe you already do, and you need to be prepared to talk with them about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. I’m not saying that your child will use them, on the contrary, kids of parents who talk to teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t.
Add power to your parenting by being informed. Parents remain the #1 Prevention Tool in helping keep their youth alcohol and drug free. Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance has designed a parent only event to provide critical information and awareness about youth substance abuse. Hidden in Plain Sight will take place on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Battle Ground High School.
Parents and adults will be given an opportunity to walk through a mock teenagers room to see if they can spot signs of at-risk alcohol or drug use behaviors by the types of items “hidden” in the room; see how many items you can find and learn what you missed.
In addition, Professor Jim Jensen’s presentation “Drugs and The Adolescent Brain” will provide information about the adolescent brain; an exploration of the social, cognitive, and physiological developments in adolescence and how they relate to use and abuse of drugs; including the impact of vaping, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. There has been a significant increase in youth vaping, and Professor Jensen will cover what parents should know about vaping.
Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussing current substance abuse trends and concerns. This exhibit and educational panel will encourage parents/adults to speak to their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to alcohol or drug disorders.