Chapel Hill Independent School District announced today that they will host Project 7th Grade, a national initiative of the notMYkid organization that educates parents, schools and children on substance abuse prevention, for a presentation on effective means for families to communicate and prevent teenagers from abusing prescription and illicit drugs. Project 7th Grade serves as a family-oriented prevention resource that helps parents develop plans to communicate and maintain an early, but ongoing dialogue with their children about the perils of substance abuse, incorporating drug testing as a cornerstone of deterrence.
This presentation will be held in English on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 and in Spanish on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 6:30p.m. at 13172 Hwy 64 E Tyler, TX. All area parents are invited to attend this program but please note it is not open to students. Parents will learn about drug issues, trends, terminology, see photos of paraphernalia and be given tips on talking to their kids about drugs and establishing a proactive drug prevention plan for their families. Each family that attends is also given a First Check drug test kit to take home with them, it tests for seven illicit and five prescription drugs, and often just having the kit in the home is enough of a deterrent for middle school students.
"Project 7th Grade is unique because it encourages proactive, two-way communications between parent and child to prevent drug use before it has had a chance to occur," said Lacy Lowrey, Manager of National Program Development for Project 7th Grade. "We provide the essential resources so that pare! nts can develop their own family substance abuse prevention plans based on their own particular circumstances, as well as offering test kits to serve as an effective deterrent and means for teenagers to escape peer pressure."