District 202 middle and high school parents and students are encouraged to attend and take part in a panel discussion about the dangers facing students today tied to illegal drugs, vaping and mental health issues.
"Help Lead Our Kids Down the Right Path" will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at Plainfield East High School, 12005 S. Naperville Road, Plainfield.
Panelists will include: District 202 administration; Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow; Kathleen Burke, director of Substance Use Initiatives from Will County Executive Larry Walsh’s office; and representatives of the H.E.R.O Organization, local law enforcement and the Linden Oaks Behavioral Health facility.
Parents will also be able to visit a “mock teenager’s bedroom” to learn how to look for things that appear harmless, but may actually be warning signs of potentially dangerous behaviors or choices. The display, presented by H.E.R.O., is called Hidden In Plain Sight and will be open from 5-8 p.m.
In addition, a Will County Drug Court program participant will talk frankly with students and parents about his struggle to recover from his addiction to heroin.
District 202 school social workers and guidance counselors present several programs each year focusing on student health and safety.
However, the recent rise in opioid use and related deaths made this program especially timely, said PEHS Catalyst Coordinator and Homeless Liaison Julie Adelmann.
“We know that many of our families and the community in general have questions and serious concerns about this topic,” Adelmann said.
“We are grateful to Mr. Glasgow and all of our panelists for sharing their time, experiences and information about this important topic,” she said.
State’s Attorney Glasgow’s office has worked with H.E.R.O and Will County H.E.L.P.S. (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) to educate students and parents about the potentially deadly dangers of using heroin and other opioids.
“This is a public health epidemic that has claimed many lives,” Glasgow said. “We are committed to having frank dialogues about this crisis in our community, and we thank Plainfield School District officials for inviting us to meet with their students and parents.”