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Parent Academy teaches how to talk with children about drugs

CASTLE ROCK - How do drugs affect the teen brain differently than the adult brain? What drugs are available to teens and how are they getting their hands on them?

A free resource fair and interactive seminar geared for parents will cover these topics and more from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 8 at the Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock.

The event will start off with a chance for attendees to talk with various service providers from around the County. It will then conclude with three rotating breakout sessions where parents can become better equipped and empowered to handle situations involving teens and common issues associated with substance abuse.   

The program is hosted by Douglas County’s Youth Education and Safety in Schools Program (Y.E.S.S.), a collaborative effort managed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Douglas County School District, the police departments of Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker, and the Rotary Club of Castle Pines.

RSVP here by March 4 to reserve your seat and give event organizers an idea of how many people will attend. You do not need to bring a ticket with you to the event. Those who decide to come at the last minute are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please email Phyllis Harvey at pharvey[at]dcsheriff[dot]net with any questions.

February 11, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Schools

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