Drugs 101 event to be held at Cumberland Valley High School

Penn State Children's Hospital’s "Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 11, at Cumberland Valley High School. The program is free and open to the public. It consists of separate sessions for parents and students. Programs have been presented to more than 450 students and parents this year in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.

Parents will participate in the “Drugs 101: Parents Need to Know” presentation, which is designed to educate them about the various forms of drugs and the peer pressures students face to use them. Those who attend can also learn about synthetic drugs that kids are inhaling as early as elementary school, which can’t always be detected on drug tests. They’ll learn how the addictive personality works, how even a brief experimentation with drugs can affect the brain and what resources exist in the community to help.

Teens will participate in a roundtable discussion and demonstrations designed to share with them the realities of living with addiction. They will spend 10 minutes at each of about a dozen tables learning about everything from rehab options and addicted babies to probation and parole. Participants will get a card stamped at each station and enter the completed cards in a drawing for a door prize.

The event concludes with a short personal presentation from someone who has been through addiction.

The Drugs 101 program is funded by a grant from The Josiah and Bessie Kline Foundation.

For more information about the event, visit pennstatehershey.org/community.

Last Updated April 28, 2016