How many times have you thought, “No, not my kid!”?
Unique community forum provides essential information for parents
Did you know that in Milton, the number of alcohol-related ambulance calls for youth ages 13 to 25 are highest in the month of September? Did you know that experts recommend having the ‘talk’ about substance use with your kids as early as age 9 and 10? Want to know how to safeguard your own kids from the risks that come from underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription drugs, marijuana, and more?
Join us Tuesday, October 4th for a Milton Community Forum; Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times for Parents and Guardians K to 12’ at the Milton High School Auditorium. Exhibit hall opens at 5:30 p.m. An expert panel of speakers begins at 6:30 p.m.
This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund! All Milton parents, with children in both public and private schools, are highly encouraged to attend.
Milton Police Chief John King said, “All parents are extremely busy. But parents who make time to attend and educate themselves regarding substance abuse during the critical years of K-12 have the potential to influence their children’s behavior for the rest of their lives.”
The evening will feature a diverse range of educational opportunities including a unique interactive exhibit called, Hidden in Plain Sight, being used by many communities across the nation. Trained experts will take parents through a typical adolescent’s bedroom to help parents recognize clues about drug or alcohol use. There will also be an educational resource fair in the lobby, a panel of expert speakers that will provide practical tips on talking to your children, and opportunities for parent questions.
Parent and Wrestling Coach Ted Carroll encourages participation on October 4th. He said; “Adolescent risky behaviors start innocently enough, but carries risks such as driving with someone who is high or drunk, or an unexpected call for an ambulance. Youth prevention is our best weapon! Come learn how!”