Hidden in Plain Sight seminar teaches parents what to look for when teens involved in drugs, alcohol

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – An online seminar begins November 18 for the public, which references tools and tips on what to look out for when you have young kids and teens who may be involved in drugs and alcohol.

“It is a program for educators, teachers, coaches, parents, anyone that deals with young children and wants to learn more about the current drug trends and what to look for…maybe hidden within a child’s room, and what to say to those children, if you find it,” said Stacy Skidmore, a Health Educator and registered nurse at Cape County Public Health Department.

The virtual presentation, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ will help deliver insight on current trends in youth substance use, drug paraphernalia, and the concealment of alcohol and drugs.

Teaching how to talk to youth about alcohol and drugs and what to do if a problem is suspected.

“Studies say that over 50% of kids will not do drugs if their parents or someone that they trust, someone in their community, their pastor, their teacher, their coach, someone talks to them about drugs, or warns them about the dangers of them,” Skidmore said.

Having those conversations are difficult. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a tool for parents to be able to learn that communication tool to use with their children.

“On the outside everything may appear that it’s okay, but when you delve into the room and start picking it apart, you realize that things are not as what they seem,” said Skidmore.

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 8.33% of 12 to 17 year olds nationwide report using drugs in the past month.

Tap here to register for the “Hidden in Plain Sight” virtual seminar on Nov. 18 from 2-3 p.m.

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