Interested California parents are encouraged to attend a drug education forum, organized by the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth and Because I Love You (BILY), at Seacoast Community Church in Encinitas, California, on February 13.
The event will feature a presentation highlighting drug trends and prevention strategies, followed by an open forum where parents will be given the opportunity to share stories and ask questions. The featured speaker for the forum is Joseph Olesky, a substance abuse counselor with the San Dieguito Union High School District. Mr. Olesky has more than 20 years of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor.
Olesky shared: “The biggest question we get from parents is ‘how has this problem gotten so bad? And we have an answer for that.” The growing problem of drug addiction among teens, according to Olesky, may be attributed to an increase in heroin abuse and prescription drug abuse.
Olesky was quoted as saying “Every generation has one or two drugs that define it… Right now it’s those two — probably throw ecstasy in there, too.”
Teens have increasingly turned to abusing prescription drugs as they are usually easier to obtain, when compared to marijuana and cocaine. From a cost perspective, on the other hand, there are teens who are turning to heroin, as it is cheaper than Vicodin and Oxycontin.
“Heroin used to be a drug people graduated to after doing everything else… hat’s not the case anymore,” Olesky said. “This time we’re not only going to discuss signs and symptoms, but we’re also going to talk a lot about interventions.”