Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About
Substance abuse is a worldwide problem and is a complex issue affecting all communities. The number one priority of the Douglas County School District is the safety of our students and staff. On Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the PACE Center, the Parker Police Department, The Town of Parker, The Juvenile Assessment Center, and the Douglas County Youth Initiative present “Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About.” The event is free and is geared towards parents.
The event will be presented by Lynn Riemer, President of ACT on Drugs, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in their community.
Lynn is a regional and National speaker, trainer, and advocate on issues related to substance abuse. As an experienced chemist and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado, her experience brings a real, personal, and vivid face to the issues presented by illicit drug use. Over the past 11 years, Lynn has spoken regularly with students, community child advocacy groups, industrial and professional groups, and employees of local and State governmental agencies about drug awareness, recognition, and prevention. A recent presentation in Eagle County resulted in a 10 percent drop in teenage drinking, as measured by a Healthy Kids Colorado survey.
The presentation will focus on several drugs that are readily available and commonly used in the local community. The material included in the presentation is practical and realistic and audiences will gain an understanding of the scope of the drug problem and its effects on their community.
· Learn the scope of the drug problem
· The risk factors for drug abuse
· Routes of drug administration
· Onset and duration of drug-induced effects on the user
· Indicators of drug use
· Physical and psychological signs of drug toxicity
· Long term effects of drug abuse
· Effects on the family and community