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Event Aims to Shed Light for Parents on Teen Drug and Alcohol Use, More

by RestonNow.com — March 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments

Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax CountyParents worried about how to handle situations in which their teens may be involved are invited to participate in an informational event next week at South Lakes High School.

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County will present “Saturday Night in the Suburbs” on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s lecture hall. The event will feature a panel of high school seniors talking about drug and alcohol use, teen parties, parent supervision, social media, and teen-parent communication and resiliency.

Jennifer Lewis-Cooper of the Unified Prevention Coalition will facilitate.

“Parents find this to be somewhat eye-opening,” Lewis-Cooper has said about the event. “We will not ask the panel specific names, dates, places of events or put them on the spot — their job is not to ‘snitch’ on others, but to educate parents to understand what teens are dealing with and help parents to set better limits.”

Parents of middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend, and only adults will be admitted. Exhibit tables with information and local resource materials will be available.

For more information about the event, call 703-938-8723 or email [email protected].

  • Robin Carol

    This is a great idea!

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    Drugs and alcohol may have been the problem for the older generation, especially flower children and their off springs, but not this generation and not next gen. Fact is, League of Legends and other games are by far more addicting than drugs and alcohol combined. Also, other security- and internet diversions like reddit facebook myspace etc create much bigger problems for our generation than the drug problem. Whenever I see someone raise this issue, “the drug problem”, they are endorsing the war on drugs and insane amounts of tax payer contributions that go to defense. So from that perspective its purely a political issue but not a real one.

    My advice to the parents, don’t worry too much about the drugs and alcohol – instead check your router logs to see where your kids spend most of their time!!! Also, remember that most politicians use the “drug epidemic” to peddle their own, well placed bets on pharma – some of those you should really stay away from!!!

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