An upcoming seminar held by St. Joseph Mercy Health System will provide parents with lesser-known information about teenage drug use.

The Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA), a grassroots drug-prevention coalition, is sponsoring the event, which will be held Tuesday, February 27th, at St. Agnus Church in Fowlerville. “Drugs 101” targets parents and adults, providing information to help them identify potential drug use. The program will begin with a walk-through of a mock bedroom scene (pictured) for a teenager. Participants will be asked to find drug paraphernalia. After a presentation including local drug abuse statistics and ways to discuss the issue with teens, program leaders will show participants what items in the mock bedroom are drug paraphernalia and where typical hiding places are.

LCCA Coordinator Kaitlin Fink says they intend to provide similar training and informational programs throughout the year, with a focus on youth marijuana use, underage drinking, and prescription drug abuse. Anyone interested in attending “Drugs 101” is asked to register online for preparation purposes. You’ll find a link to do so below. (JK)