SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Parent Academy begins the new decade with the return of an important workshop to support the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse by our children: Hidden in Plain Sight, on Thursday, January 23 at Crossroads North Middle School.

Once again presented by Douglas Collier, retired Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and Monmouth University Professor of Criminal Justice, this hands-on, interactive workshop will provide parents with key information on the latest substance abuse trends, signs and symptoms. No one ever wants to think of their son or daughter using and abusing alcohol and drugs.

However, there are signs and symptoms to be aware of that may explain a child’s behavior, and with early intervention, which can begin with a simple conversation, it might just save a life. With a multi-media presentation, along with practical exhibits and exercises, Mr. Collier will provide attendees with information on how alcohol, drugs and paraphernalia can be easily hidden in plain sight in a teenager’s bedroom, bathroom and other locations within a home or car, often right under the noses of unsuspecting parents or adults.

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the workshop, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted to attend the workshop, however childcare WILL be available for this workshop. Interested parties can register online for the workshop by visiting the District's Website, and clicking the Parent Academy Quick Link or by entering

(Please note: while prior registration allows us to plan appropriately; walk-ins are always welcome!) The Hidden in Plain Sight workshop will be held at Crossroads North Middle School, 635 Georges Rd., Monmouth Jct. The exact rooms for both the workshop and childcare at Crossroads North will depend on registration. Upon arrival, please look for signage directing you to the appropriate rooms.

For additional information, contact SBPA Coordinator, Christine Mariano at or EPIC is a non-profit organization whose programming is funded in South Brunswick by the South Brunswick Board of Education and in part by a grant from the South Brunswick Municipal Alliance, as part of the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA).