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North Tahoe parents address teenage drug use at town hall

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Forty parents and community partners met Sept. 29 at the Tahoe City PUD to discuss concerns regarding local teens and drug use. In addition to learning about teen brain development from Tahoe Truckee School Psychologist Sarah Diprinzio, parents came away with education on the newer marijuana edibles, increased potency and "Dabs" (marijuana concentrate). Education included teen misuse of Xanax and other prescription drugs, as well as "Molly Water" and ecstasy use. Parents identified multiple issues they wanted to work on at a follow up meeting being held next Wednesday Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Tahoe High School "Laker Lab".

The subjects to be covered include:

Supervision and safety at local community events like music nights, outdoor movie night, and local teen hangouts.

Signs, symptoms and "red flag"s of teen drug use.

Great parent and teen communication.

Parent-to-parent networking and how to talk to another parent when you know his or her teen is using drugs or alcohol.

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Consequently the work continues with "Dinner, Education and Conversation" to be held next Thursday night. It will include education and conversation tables for adults, youth, and parents to interact, share concerns and plan solutions to common problems. If you are a North Tahoe parent, represent a community agency that works with families, parents, teens or someone who plans family friendly community events- your participation is needed! Dinner and Spanish translation provided. Please RSVP for dinner by emailing apadilla@ttusd.org on Contact North Tahoe High School Vice-Principal Alejo Padilla 581-7000.

For more information visit http://www.ttfwdd.com.