Drug awareness and education program for middle school students and their parents to be held May 2

The Partnership at Drugfree.org tells us that children who learn from their parents about the risks of drug and alcohol use are up to 50% less likely to use than those who don’t. So, let’s talk about it!

The 2010 Cuyahoga County Youth Risk Behavioral Study, conducted on our Bay Middle School students by Case Western Reserve University, indicates that some specific drug use is down. Why? Is it because of the new Bay Family Services and the programs they offer? Is it due to the new approach of the D.A.R.E program? Is it because of the drug awareness and education programs offered at Bay Middle School or the teachers who support these programs? Or is it because these support systems and programs have inspired parents to talk to their children about drug and alcohol? Perhaps it’s a combination of them all.

However, the study also indicates that nearly 25% of our middle school students have tried prescription medication one or more times without a doctor’s prescription. That is an area of concern, so... let’s talk about it!

A special program, designed for parents and seventh/eighth grade Bay Middle School and St Raphael students (and open to all middle school students and their parents, as well) will be held on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Rd.

The program will cover:

  • How do I talk to my child about drug experimentation and use?  
  • What drugs might my child be exposed to?
  • What about alcohol and other drug addiction?
  • Why are some kids at a much higher risk than others?
  • What signs should parents look for if their child makes the decision to try drugs?
  • Who to call for help?

While these questions are being answered for parents, the children will be chatting about positive influences and ways to avoid alcohol and other drug use with Monica Marx from Bay Family Services and Mikey Pitts, Middle School Minister at Bay Presbyterian Church. Law enforcement and school administration personnel will also be available to answer any questions following the presentation.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.05.2011