On Thurs., Feb 21, 2013 at 7 pm in the City Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center, the City of Mission Viejo will kick off a two-part series about the epidemic abuse of drugs in Orange County. Parents of elementary to high school aged kids are invited to attend this free event. Mayor Rhonda Reardon launched the anti-drug campaign last year in an effort to save the lives of our youth.
Deputy Kevin Lybrand will present, “A Shocking Look at the Social Activity of Our Youth,” the first part in the series and Ed Hall, Orange County Drug Court Commissioner will present “A Dose of Reality … in Drug Court,” the second part in the series that will follow on Feb. 28 at 7 pm. Both will be held in the City Council Chambers.
The series will discuss the problem, local trends, signs and symptoms of drug abuse, resources to deal with it, what you can do and answer your questions.
Parents are the last to know their kids are abusing drugs. They don’t believe it. Their intelligent, talented, athletic and creative kids couldn’t possible be taking drugs. It begins as a social habit, they want to be cool.
Young people who have battled with drug abuse and parents who have lost children will share their experiences. “It can start with a simple over-the-counter medicine, a prescription or a street drug and escalate,” said resident Diana Presta, whose 22-year-old son has dealt with drug addiction.
It doesn’t matter where you live, how much money you make or the kind of car you drive-- drug abuse doesn’t discriminate. Don’t be afraid to admit there is a problem in your home. It is not your fault. There is no shame.
For more information or to RSVP, please call Police Services at 949-470-8433.