Drug awareness effort helps parents identify red flags

The Byrnes Health Education Center out of York County held an adults only class at the Upper Dauphin High School auditorium Wednesday evening to help parents understand the different types of drugs that kids are using.

On display was a mock bedroom of a teenager using drugs. Parents had to identify drug and alcohol paraphernalia in the room. Some items like incense, were obvious, other things, like empty soda cans, were not.

Jamie Reisinger is with the Byrnes Education Center. He says drug use and experimentation takes place in every kind of neighborhood. “Drug use does not discriminate,” said Reisinger, “It does not matter how much money you make, drugs are far reaching.”

Reisinger says a big part of drug prevention starts at home, and it should begin when children are in elementary school.

If you suspect your child is using drugs, Reisinger says to establish communication and tell them that you love them and you want to help, and you want them to be a part of the solution.

For more information about Byrnes Health Education Center, visit http://www.byrneshec.org or http://www.LearntobeHealthy.org.


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