Penn Manor to present ‘Drugs 101’ Oct. 1

Penn Manor School District is presenting “Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know,” an information session on identifying the signs of drug and alcohol abuse by children, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Penn Manor High School auditorium.

Open only to parents, the event will provide information about various forms of drugs and alcohol and the peer pressure children face to use them. A mock bedroom of a teenager will serve as a backdrop for the two-hour presentation.

From 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., parents will be able to walk through the bedroom, which will contain drug and alcohol paraphernalia. Presenters will reveal more than 80 indicators of drug and alcohol use in the room to show how adolescents try to hide these activities from parents.

Signs, symptoms and current trends in the use of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, heroin, prescription drugs and marijuana also will be presented.

Throughout the program, role-playing demonstrations will help parents initiate conversations with their children and provide them with strategies their children can use to overcome peer pressure.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Sharlotte Dammerman at (717) 872-9520, xt. 1809, or at sharlotte.dammerman@pennmanor.net.