An upcoming Worthington Libraries program is designed to educate parents and community members about how they could help curb drug abuse.
Parenting 101: Keeping Our Kids Drug Safe will be presented by Drug Safe Worthington, an organization formed in 2011 whose mission is to prevent drug and alcohol abuse while supporting individuals and families who are affected by such abuse.
The program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road.
Speakers will be Lori Povisil, safe and drug-free schools coordinator for the Worthington City Schools; Shawn Dysert, officer with the Worthington Division of Police; and Doug Althauser, an attorney. They will provide information to parents about how to recognize drug use in youth; how to talk to children about drugs; the state of drug abuse in the schools and in the community; and parents' legal responsibilities.
"As we get closer to graduation and parties, parents need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding serving minors," said Sandy Byers, of Drug Safe Worthington.
The class of most easily abused drugs includes prescriptions that most people have in their homes, she said.
Heroin is also popular among youth, as well as young adults.
"Our community needs to be involved in helping us change the culture to keep the community and our children safe," she said.
The program is free and open to the public.