Maranatha Baptist University recently hosted the last business breakfast of 2018.
Sandi Lybert and Katie Westerman from Your Choice to Live spoke in an hour-long presentation regarding the prevention of drug abuse.
The agenda for the meeting was three-fold:
- Examples of concealment of drugs
- Signs and symptoms of drug abuse
- Proactive parenting
Lybert began the presentation by showing the audience different concealment methods students use to hide drugs. The secret storage containers included were everyday items like water bottles (for vodka), highlighters (for cannabis pipes), and Carmex containers (for weed). In addition to these common items, Lybert presented more specialized containers like Motrin bottles that were hollowed out on the bottom to store drugs and sunscreen tubes that can hold alcohol.
Westerman then went through the visible signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Before discussing symptoms, Westerman listed the most frequently abused substances:
- Vaporizer liquids
- Prescription pills
She provided some tips on proactive parenting:
- Have a positive relationship
- Model good decision-making
- Ask yourself: How do I handle my own stress
- Know your child’s risk
- Monitor, supervise, and set boundaries
Whether young people either witness loved ones going through drug abuse or struggle with drug addiction themselves, many helpful resources are available to inform the public about these issues. With these resources, parents and friends will be equipped to help someone they know who may be struggling with drug addiction. The speakers informed the audience that those struggling or dealing with this epidemic can contact Your Choice to Live through their phone number (262.354.8344) or their email firstname.lastname@example.org. People may also visit their website.