SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS), in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, will hold a substance abuse parent information session on Thursday, May 18 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Set to take place in the SPMS cafeteria, the ‘15-Minute Child Break Parent Presentation’ is designed to inform, encourage and empower parents and other adult caregivers on how to communicate effectively with children about the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

According to Joretta Strayhorn, student assistance counselor at SPMS, the program is geared toward parents of elementary-age children and older. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently promoted guidelines encouraging parents to begin speaking to their children about this issue as early as age 9,” said Strayhorn. “It is important to start early because children are experimenting with drugs at an earlier age than in the past.”

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The May 18 presentation will include up-to-date statistics on drug and alcohol use and public service announcements that cover various types of drugs used by children. Specific topics to be addressed will include underage drinking, marijuana use, the current opiate/heroin crisis throughout the state, risk and protective factors, and strategies for parents to use with their own children.

“We all know someone who has been touched by the disease of addiction. It is imperative that we all are proactive in combating this killer,” said Strayhorn.

For more information, contact Joretta Strayhorn at (908) 754-4620, ext. 325.

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