State and local officials are calling substance abuse an epidemic, and in fact it is increasingly impacting teen-agers and even young children. State Representative Tom Calter is concerned that parents may not know-what-they-need-to-know to warn their kids about the dangers, so he is hosting a forum Tuesday night at Plymouth North High School, specifically to help parents. Although Moms and Dads may have gotten used to worrying about their kids invading the liquor cabinet, now the worry list includes the medicine cabinet.
Rep. Tom Calter says parents have to be concerned about both: “The first step, I believe, in combating this epidemic is for parents to understand, and that’s what this forum is about this evening, all of the risks that are right under their roof, including the liquor cabinet, including the medicine cabinet.”
Tuesday’s program is not only geared toward parents of teens and pre-teens, but also parents of grade school children: “Now that I’ve been doing this work for almost a year, I have examples of young kids, as young as third and fourth grade, taking gummy bears and soaking them in alcohol—and then they’re walking down the hallway in the elementary school, chewing on gummy bears—and everybody wonders how they’re drunk by their third class. And they end up in the hospital when there’s no bottles anywhere around, anyplace—and it was in the gummy bears.”
The forum begins Tuesday at Plymouth North High School at 7:00 p.m.