Educational forum to be held on middle-schoolers at risk; Experts to discuss topics such as drug use, social media, gaming, and how to communicate

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Shrewsbury – An important community awareness forum will be sponsored by Shrewsbury Coalition for Addiction Prevention and Education (SCAPE) and Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS), Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at Oak Middle School, 45 Oak St., Shrewsbury. Families will hear from experts on topics such as vaping, social media, gaming, marijuana and how to talk to your kids about these important issues.

This is an opportunity for middle-school parents and all community members to learn from experts the challenges and pressures that middle schoolers face in regard to substances and other potentially addictive behaviors and how to detect if your child is at-risk or exhibiting signs of use and/or addiction.

“Middle schoolers today are exposed to risks unlike those we ever experienced as kids,” remarked Oak Middle School Principal Dr. Ann Jones. “Parents need to know what these are and how they can keep their child safe now, before they enter high school. I urge you to attend this program!”

The event will also feature the exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight” from 6-7 p.m. which shows parents what today’s substance use paraphernalia, including Juul products, look like and challenges them to see if they would be able to identify where it may be hidden in the child’s bedroom. Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services will also be available to answer questions and provide resources.

From 7 to 8:15 p.m. State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), a member of the SCAPE, will moderate a panel discussion with speaker presentations, followed by a Q&A session.

For more information please contact Christine Mowry of Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services at 508-845-6932 ext. 306 or [email protected].