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 [email protected]lysb.org.

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

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