Parents are the anti-drug: Westlake program focuses on prevention

Research shows that parents are the number one anti-drug. The Westlake Council of PTAs will host a presentation by a local expert on what to say to your kids, preschool to high school.

Nancy Pommerening, founder of the non-profit organization Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. (DAP), will be coming to the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd., on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. This program is free for parents with children of all ages.

In the summer of 2008, Mrs. Pommerening founded DAP with a mission to lessen the demand for illicit drugs. “Generation Rx believes using medications prescribed by a doctor to another family member is a safe way to get high. They are wrong. Rx drug addiction to opiate-based pain pills has been linked to heroin addiction,” warns Mrs. Pommerening. "Since 2007, unintentional drug poisoning has become and continues to be the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes and suicide."

Mrs. Pommerening's presentation will help parents navigate questions about legal and illegal substances our children are exposed to, earlier than we think, and how to talk to our children about substance abuse and prevention. The sooner our children hear the message, the less likely they are to begin using and abusing any substances.

Join us for an honest discussion, get your questions answered, and leave with tools to use in your home to help your child move confidently through their school years.

Westlake Council of PTAs is happy to be able to provide this program for all who can make a difference in a child's life. If you have any questions about the program, contact Dawn Evans,

Mary Essig

2016-2017 Westlake Council of PTAs President

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.02.2017