ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Monday night at Union Endicott High School, community members gathered for an interactive educational experience on teenage opioid use.
The program is called “Shawna Has A Secret.”
Attendees searched the mock bedroom of “Shawna” where they get to see firsthand how teenagers may be hiding drugs.
It’s all to educate parents on modern signs and symptoms of substance abuse, as well as teaching the difference between when teens might just be experimenting with drugs.
“We suggest that parents calm down, assess their own issues with the problematic substance use, and get to a calm place before they address it with their teen. And then sit down and have an open conversation with their teen. Because the goal is to find out as much information as you can having an open and honest conversation,” says Alexis Pleus, Truth Pharm Executive Director.
Shawna Has A Secret was made possible through a grant from the Broome County Opioid Awareness Council.
For those who would like to attend, a second presentation of Shawna Has A Secret will be made Tuesday night again at Union Endicott High School at 6 p.m.
There will also be presentations at Chenango Valley High School on December 5th and Binghamton East Middle School on December 11th.
The events are free and open to the public.