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Parent Connect 4/10/17

posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:40 AM by Web Admin   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 8:00 AM ]
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"How to Educate your Child on Medication Misuse and Abuse" is the topic of the next Carroll County Parent Connect meeting, sponsored by Carroll County Public School Division (CCPSD) and Hillsville Elementary School PTSO. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our parents and staff. It will give education to parents on how to start the conversation with their children about medication misuse. The earlier you can start the conversation th
e better because it is the number one cause of accidental deaths. ” said CCPSD Licensed Professional Counselor, Denice Olinger.

According to drugfreeworld.com, Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (age 12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. As reported by the Children's Safety Network, 42% said that the prescription medication they used came from their home medicine cabinet. Parents do play a huge role in whether their children end up abusing substances. Kids who learn about the dangers of prescription drug abuse from their parents were significantly less likely to use substances than those who did not. According to the CDC, we are in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Prescription painkiller overdoses claim the lives of nearly 15,000 people every year. 

The presenter will be Karen Eberdt with the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center. Ms. Eberdt will educate parents on how to monitor prescription drugs, secure prescription drugs, and dispose of them properly. 
The Carroll County Parent Connect evening program will be at Hillsville Elementary School on Monday, April 10, 2017. A free meal will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The program for parents, guardians, grandparents, and community members will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

Reading For Life AmeriCorps members will be providing activities for children. For more information contact Denice Olinger 276-730-3207 or dmolinge@ccpsd.k12.va.us