Parenting For Prevention Drug Abuse Program Tonight
Oct 20, 2015 11:53AM
By Bill Gilman
Tonight, at 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend the Prevention Resources and Education Program (PREP) for parents at the John F. Ryan School, 135 Pleasant St.
The program is part of the weeklong Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention Week , sponsored by the Tewksbury Police Department.
The free program is designed for parents and caregivers of children in grades K-12.
Since Jan. 1, Tewksbury has seen 56 overdoses, including seven deaths and officials are working together to raise public awareness as a crucial weapon in this battle.
The Parenting for Prevention program will be facilitated by professionals in the field of addiction treatment. The program objectives are to provide information on the effects and consequences of gateway drugs and other drug trends, empower parents with effective communication skills when talking with their children about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, to review the importance of establishing clear rules and consequences at home regarding substance use, and to evaluate resiliency factors that help protect kids from substance use, and local resources should parents require addiction support.