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toPiC of Conversation - Emerging Trends in Drug Use in CT

We invite you to learn about all of the emerging new trends in marijuana, bath salts and other drug use in Connecticut.

We have heard about "bath salts" on the news and some scary and confusing incidents involving their use, but do we really know what they are?

We also know that marijuana has been "legalized" and there is something out there called "synthetic marijuana," but what does THAT mean?  Is it less dangerous?  Is it dangerous at all?

What is K2 or Spice?  Can my child buy them at the local gas station or convenience store?  Are they dangerous?

The culture of substance use has changed drastically from when "we" (30 and 40 somethings) were young.  There are new products, new laws, and new substances that are down right worrysome once you understand their potential. In order to keep our young people safe and healthy, we must progress beyond thoughts like "oh well, I smoked when I was a teen" and into knowledgable conversations about what is happening now in 2013.

Young people are exposed early-on to substance use via video games, TV, movies and music and there is not always good, solid communication about how dangerous and life altering these substances can be.  We want to help you change that and be able to converse openly with your young person about some harder topics.

We invite you to join the parents of Clinton, Madison and Haddam-Killingworth to learn about all of the emerging new trends in drug use.  The more you know as a parent or grandparent, or even someone who just cares about young people, the better armed you are to help your young person make healthy choices.  We will present up-to-date information on marijuana, bath salts and other drugs.  You will leave with a better understanding of this culture as well as the ways that media trick us, via alcohol packaging geared towards youth and messages that encourage youth to solve just about any challenge using drugs and alcohol.

The presentation is free and will be held in the Morgan School cafeteria from 6:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, January 17, 2013.  If you would like more information please call Partners in Community at 860-664-1142.

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