January 16, 2021

LYSB Hosts Virtual, Interactive ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ Program, Aims to Heighten Awareness of Drug Use/Abuse, Tuesday

This bedroom looks innocent enough but vaping materials, drug paraphernalia and more may be “hidden in plain sight.”

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and two other organizations* host an interactive online workshop via Zoom, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. for parents, caregivers, and adults who work with youth.

This presentation is extremely important because:

  • One in five Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) youth in grades 7-12 report vaping.
  • By 12th grade, over 40 percent of LOL youth report vaping.
  • Data says that youth are at risk for developing nicotine addiction that becomes a gateway to other substances, and physical harm from vaping.

Titled, Hidden in Plain Sight, participants are invited to browse a mock bedroom that is filled with items that can be easily used to hide drugs and paraphernalia.

This will be followed by a drug education workshop on ways to:

  • Understand the types of inexpensive, easily accessible products available.
  • Recognize warning signs of drug use, both obvious and hidden.
  • Determine what to do if a problem is suspected.
  • Practice skills for having tough conversations with young people in your life.
  • Learn about resources available in your community.

This program is free and open to the public. Register at this link.

For more information, contact Alli Behnke, MSW, Prevention Coordinator at abehnke@lysb.org.

*This program is presented by Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals, Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition and LYSB.

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