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Help your child avoid making destructive decisions

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With both vaping and opioid use on the rise among teens, in addition to their the continued use of marijuana and alcohol, parents need as much information as possible to help them help their kids avoid these self-destructive behaviors.

The issues hit home. In a survey conducted by the Riverhead Community Awareness Coalition 33 percent of Riverhead High School seniors reported using marijuana in the past 30 days. In the same survey, 48 percent of RHS seniors reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. Nearly half of all RHS seniors have tried vaping, according to the survey. Twenty percent of them say vaping is not harmful — though its long-term health effects are unknown and nationally, nicotine addiction is on the rise among teens thanks to vaping with nicotine-infused materials.

Every day children and teens can be tempted to use substances which can affect their health and well-being. Parents need to be vigilant to protect their children from these dangers.

As part of its ongoing Parent University series, the Riverhead Central School District, in conjunction with Families in Support of Treatment and Riverhead Community Awareness Program, will present an informational session, “Helping Our Children Avoid Making Destructive Decisions,” on Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Riverhead High School.

During the session, community participants will hear from professionals about the dangers of vaping, substance abuse prevention and treatment options. An optional Narcan training will be provided as well. The event will also feature raffles.

Any high school or middle school student who attends can earn extra credit.

The Parent University series aims to connect parents with school and community resources and provide information related to challenges parents may face. Additional workshops and seminars featuring a variety of speakers are planned for later this school year.