On Monday, October 5 from 7-8:30pm, The Parents Inspire Prevention Series presents “Talking to Your Teens & Pre-Teens About Underage Drinking & Drug Use.”
This free educational event will be held in the Lake James Room at Carolinas Healthcare System BlueRidge, Morganton Campus (Grace Hospital, lower level).
In Burke County, 37% of youth report that they can drink at home without consequences, and one fourth of youth reported having misused prescription medications. The Parents Inspire Prevention Series are sessions for informing parents about age-appropriate ways to discuss underage drinking and drug use, and related topics affecting young people in a relaxed, safe, nonjudgmental environment. These sessions are a part of BSAN’s Youth Initiatives, including BSAN’s Underage Drinking Initiative and the RxEAP Task Force.
Parents who gathered at the Parents Inspire Prevention leadership training held in August admitted that they, as well as other parents they know, are not sure about how to approach conversations in an age-appropriate way with their children. “Sometimes I’m afraid I’ll cause more damage by pushing them away,” said one parent. Parents at the first informational meeting set priorities for BSAN’s Youth Initiatives, including sharing evidence-based tools to help themselves and other parents talk to their children in ways that will draw them closer instead of alienating them.
Reservations are encouraged and can be directed, along with questions, to Rhonda Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Sarah Dergins at email@example.com.
Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) is a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who come together to: (a) network; (b) identify gaps in service; and (c) strategically plan response to community needs as they relate to the reduction of substance abuse in youth, young adults, their families, and all citizens of Burke County. BSAN Partners include, but are not limited to: Treatment Providers, Medical Community, Pharmacists, Law Enforcement, Faith Community, Recovery Communities, Consumers, Human Service Agencies, Media, Educational Leaders, Mental Health Organization, Prisons, Governmental Leaders, Businesses, Youth, and Veterans. People can learn more about BSAN’s work and subscribe to updates at www.BurkeSubstanceAbuseNetwork.wordpress.com.