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Drug Forum to Educate Parents on Teen Drug Abuse

The Juvenile Drug Court at Kane County has organized a drug forum that will help parents become aware of the latest issues and trends when it comes to teen substance abuse.

The forum titled “Substance Abuse Prevention Forum 2012” will highlight the growing problem of substance abuse among the youth and will feature a number of resource and guest speakers all aiming to get parents involved in the fight against substance abuse.

drug abuse preventionOrganizers of the forum promised participants that the event will be absolutely free, and that they will feature parents who lost their kids to drug abuse, as well as recovering addicts, law enforcement agencies and other community organizations that will share their experiences and provide the latest information about the subject.

Participants of the forum will be given the chance to ask questions and interact with speakers and other participants during the event.

It will be held on April 11 at the Norris Cultural Center at St. Charles East High School from 7 pm to 9 pm in the evening.

Guest speakers for the event include Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon and Sheriff Pat Perez. The legal consequences of substance abuse will be discussed by McMahon while Sheriff Perez will explain the laws governing the said issue. There will also be representatives from different organizations working with substance abusers such as Breaking Free and Gateway Foundation in Aurora and the Renz Center in Elgin.

Assistant state’s attorney for Will County Elizabeth Johnson will share her own experience of getting caught up in the web of substance abuse and how enrolling in a drug court facility helped her become sober again.

They will also be joined by “Parents and Teens Together” founder Doug Petit who lost his own 16-year-old son to alcohol abuse.

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Drug Education Forum for Parents to be Held in California

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.

teen prescription drug abuseThe 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.”

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