Parents tooled in awareness when
kids might be experimenting with substances
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[September 20, 2017]
On Saturday a free interactive live exhibit was set up during the
ALMH Market for parents and those over age 18 to see how substance
abuse may be hidden in plain sight.
In the exhibit area participants walked through a mock teenager
bedroom which held several drug and alcohol related substances
hidden in plain sight.
The exhibit was provided and set up by the Community Partners
Against Substance Abuse Coalition in Bureau and Putnam Counties. The
ALMH Community Health Collaborative Opiod Task Force, and Lincoln
and Logan County Crime Stoppers sponsored the event. DARE Officer
Christy Fruge was also there with an exhibit showing substances
which parents need to be made aware.
Around the market were other exhibits and signs showing statistics
from an Illinois youth survey on how many and how often teens in
Logan County have experimented with drugs or alcohol.
After the tour, Janice Wamhoff of Community Partners Against
Substance Abuse Coalition (CPASAC) gave a brief presentation on what
to look for. Wamhoff said the coalition has been around for eight
years and has fifty members who meet monthly to help combat
Wamhoff showed parents what to look for if you suspect your child
might be abusing substances. She said that by high school, a number
of teens have experimented with drugs or alcohol, so it is important
to be aware of possible problems.
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Representing the group Community Partners
Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CPASAC) from left to right are Randy
Singleton, Tina Dolder, Janice Wamhoff, Kerri Hicks, and Brian Duran.
Wamhoff said it is important for parents to start talking to kids when they are
young. You need to ask yourself, "What are they doing?" and "Who are they
hanging out with?" Wamhoff said it is important to pay attention to what your
kids are doing and who they spend time with.
Wamhoff said that bedroom belongs to you and you have every right to go into
their bedroom and see what is going on. She said walking through the room and
seeing something you are concerned about does not indicate they are doing
anything, but "it is a perfect opportunity for you guys to sit down and have a
discussion with your children as to what is going on in their life."
Brochures set out in front of CPASA exhibit shared myths and facts about
underage drinking and drug use with the reminder that parents are "the first
line of defense when it comes to your child's drug use or drinking."
Once the presentation was over, ALMH Marketing and Community Partnerships
Manager Angela Stoltzenburg encouraged people to look at the county statistics
posted around the market. Stoltzenburg said it is important for you to know what
is happening here. You need to know what the kids are up to.
For more information
Illinois Youth Survey, Logan County Report
Against Substance Abuse - CPASA